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http://www.hospitalitybizindia.com/detailNews.aspx?aid=12186&sid=36

17 November 2011

Mumbai:
Every year Mumbai receives two million tourists, but only two lakh visit places of interest in the state. The remaining 18 lakh tourists head to their destinations in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh. This information was revealed by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), which conducted a preliminary survey.

“We have taken note of our shortcomings and drafted a multi-crore strategy to woo more tourists. In fact, our key projects have been approved. We are sure Maharashtra will soon attract more tourists,” Avinash Dhakne, Joint Managing Director, MTDC said.

According to a report in The Times of India, as part of the plan, tourist circuits will be developed and and rural tourism promoted. “We have initiated a comprehensive action plan; consultants have been appointed and we will be able to deliver results in a time-bound manner,” Dhakne informed.

Dhakne further said that hotel management and hospitality institutes will be provided support so that they can produce trained manpower. There are plans to introduce centrally-sponsored 'Hunar Se Rozgar Tak' plan, a training initiative aimed at creating employable skills in youth, in six industrial training institutes. “We will provide Rs 1.5 crore to each institutes to train youth for the hospitality sector,” he said.

Four tourist circuits will be developed at a cost of Rs 150 crore each. In addition to this, all the beaches in the Konkan belt, particularly Sindhudurg district, and forts in Pune, Kolhapur and Raigad districts will be developed and revamped. In Aurangabad, steps will be taken to promote tourism near Ajanta and Ellora caves.

A wildlife circuit, spread across 100 square kilometre, will be developed in and around Nagpur. “We plan to link Nagpur, Chandrapur and Bhandara as part of the wildlife circuit,” he said. “Our aim is to promote rural activities in these areas to attract tourists. A section of villages in these districts has some speciality, which can be used to promote tourism,” he said.