The State of Odisha situated in the eastern seaboard of Indian subcontinent is endowed with amazing array of incredible tourism products. Traditionally, famous as a hub of cultural destination, but of late has emerged as one of the beautiful state in the country with rapid progress in all front including travel & tourism sector.
Odisha offer something that is very unique and a tourist visiting to the state get everything on a platter what they wants from Odisha. It has a chequered history of temple constructions with stunning temples and monuments, long coastlines of 480 kms, 35% of thick & dense forest cover, Buddhist heritage, 62 ethnic tribes, scintillating classical dance of Odissi, largest brackish water lake of Asia-Chilika, the criss-crossed mangroves forest of Bhitarkanika, so many and so forth.
The Department of Tourism is the apex body for formulation of plans, programmes, policies and coordinates with various line Departments, both Central & State Governments and private sectors for promotion and development of tourism in the State.
The Department is headed by the Minister of State, Tourism & Culture (Ind. Charge) and the administrative head of the Department is Secretary Tourism. The Director & Addl. Secretary is the head of the Tourism Department / Directorate which is composite in character. The Department has 33 Field Offices, 6 Tourism information Counters. The Offices functioning outside the State works primarily as a bulwark for tourism promotion and marketing, the offices inside the state cater information, facilitate tourist visit and oversee overall tourism infrastructure, promotion and publicity.
The main objective of Tourism Department is to increase the tourist traffic to the state, extend their duration of stay, promote & position Odisha as one of the preferred tourist destinations both in domestic and international markets. To achieve the above objectives, the DoT has adopted a multi-prong strategy – creating tourism infrastructure and destinations within the state, participate in national and international travel fairs and exhibitions, organise unique cultural programmes within the state to attract more and more tourists to the state.