The Andaman and Nicobar islands are to get a boost in terms of tourism, on par with Maldives and Mauritius. Many ambitious development projects have been outlined by the government for all-round development. Key projects include premium tents and tree houses, turtle observatory center, mangrove interpretation center, premium island resorts, island hopping facility, beach shacks, sunrise points, beach promenade, natural trails and camping facilities besides other infrastructure.
These projects have an investment of over Rs. 650 crore and an in-built condition for 60 per cent local employment. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are known for their pristine beauty, with flora and fauna spread over 836 islands, islets and rocks.
The pristine waters with world class beaches and shallow reefs are a major attraction for the tourists. At least 30 islands have been exempted from the RAP (Restricted Area Permit) and requirement of mandatory registration of foreigners within 24 hours of their arrival in the archipelago, has been done away with.
Water sports are a huge boost to tourism earnings and regulations have been simplified. Bed and breakfast schemes have enrolled 40 home-stays, with 121 tour operators registered since 2014. Floating jetties have been installed at various tourism islands, and butterfly gardens and orchids are being developed to attract nature lovers.
At least 94 per cent of the area in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands comprise of mangroves and rich forests that house endemic birds, wildlife and tropical forests.