Maharashtra to attract tourists from North India

NEW DELHI- In a most aggressive marketing plan, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has kick started its mission to attract tourists from North Indian states by opening its tourist information centre in this part of the country. Maharashtra Tourism aims to cover 10 prominent cities of India to promote tourist destinations of Maharashtra having already opened a tourist information centre in Hyderabad recently.

Starting with its marketing campaign in Delhi on Friday, Maharashtra Tourism is all set to attract the tourists from Delhi and surrounding states by setting up Tourist Information Centre at Hotel Janpath.

Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, Honorable Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, said, ?We already attract maximum foreign tourists and now we are also focusing on attracting domestic tourists in large numbers. Maharashtra has everything in terms of tourist destinations. It is an unlimited resource for beach lovers, adventure sport lovers, honeymoon travelers, pilgrimages and sites of historical importance and for nature lovers. Maharashtra is one of the most developed States of India with a large class of educated and affluent society.?

Maharashtra is always known for its rich culture, art and festivals. The State is blessed with the world famous World Heritage Sites like the caves of Ajanta-Ellora, 720km long coastline, pilgrimages like Shirdi-Saibaba, Entertainment Capital - Mumbai, Buddhist Pagoda at Gorai (Mumbai), hill stations like Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani and Matheran, wildlife sanctuaries of Tadoba-Pench and India?s wine capital-Nashik.

Dr. Jagdish Patil, Managing Director, MTDC, said, ?MTDC has been taking several progressive steps to encourage tourism in Maharashtra. Along with this facility in Delhi, we are also hosting a road-show for the tour operators to promote Maharashtra as a preferred tourist destination. It will be an interactive session with the tour operators about how best we can improve the number of tourists visiting from North India to Maharashtra.? Apart from Delhi, MTDC is planning to unveil their tourist offices in Lucknow and Tirupati in the near future.

The information pertaining to all destinations and tourist information will be available at the new office of MTDC which will become one point source of information for the tourist enthusiasts from North India and tour operators.

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