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11 May 2012

Mumbai: The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced recently that Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has joined as its first member from India, according to a release. Juergen T Steinmetz, Chairman of ICTP said, “Maharashtra takes a lead in sustainable tourism in India, recognising how important green growth is, not only to this state, but to this large country as well. In addition to a tourism policy, Maharashtra has introduced an eco-tourism policy.”

Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP, added: “With the Rio+20 Earth Summit on the horizon, ICTP is delighted to add its first Indian member - this country is destined to become one of the most important travel destinations in the world, simply because of its fantastic traditions, culture, and history, as well as its huge resource of skilled and smart people. It will be one of the key nodes in the ICTP global network."

Chandrashekhar Jaiswal, Senior Manager of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, explained that their tourism policy emphasises eco-tourism, with the objective being to promote the state as an eco-tourism region, while keeping the natural habitat intact. Another aspect that is part of Maharashtra’s tourism policy is that of the protection of monuments.