Riding on the success of its debut with Marine Drive Eco Retreat at Konark a year back, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik declared Odisha Tourism’s flagship three-month glamping festival open to bookings.
The new logo was also unveiled, subtly depicting the ecological orientation.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Patnaik said that last year, a benchmark was set in luxury glamping with a phenomenal success at the Marine Drive Eco Retreat at Konark.
This time, he said, it has been scaled up to five unique locations – Konark, Hirakud, Bhitarkanika, Daringbadi and Satkosia.
The Eco retreats will offer tourists an excellent opportunity to discover Odisha’s diverse tourism offerings in style, he added.
In a note of assurance to tourists from across the country during covid times, the Chief Minister said that all stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector across the state have been provided training on COVID-19 protocols.
The Eco Retreats, he said will be in complete compliance with COVID-19 guidelines and standard operating procedures(SOP)prescribed by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
He urged upon the respective District Administrations to take ownership of the execution of the Eco Retreats.
Raising hope for the pandemic affected tourism and hospitality sector, Mr.Patnaik expressed confidence that the Eco Retreats will provide the much needed fillip to Odisha Tourism and help it revive during these difficult times.
Odisha Tourism & Culture Shri Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi said the impact that Marine Drive Eco Retreat had created a massive impact which echoed at the Tourism Minister’s Conclave in January 2020.
“It is this fervour with which we shall keep working tirelessly to take Odisha to newer heights under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik” he said.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said that the Eco Retreat model ticks the right boxes in terms of environmental sustainability, technological leverage, teamwork, timeliness in near-perfect compliance with the good governance framework of 5T and will be transformative for each location’s tourism-oriented future.
Welcoming the guests, Commissioner cum Secretary Tourism Vishal Dev, in his presentation, gave a glimpse of the experiences awaiting tourists at each of the five unique locations.
The Eco Retreats Odisha is slated to open from 08 December 2020 up to 28 February 2021.