Government plans monsoon tourism, mini festivals and beach huts to promote tourism in Maharashtra
The Maharashtra Tourism Department, in a recent decision, announced that the monsoon tourism plan proposed a few months ago, to promote the state’s coastline, will receive a boost. The ministry headed by Aaditya Thackeray decided to provide beach huts and a five-star resort, while promoting heritage tourism and local cuisines.
Sharing more information on this, Aaditya Thackeray, in a conversation with the media, said tourism across the world has been affected for several months, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and that the government has decided to focus on the “no” fiscal aspect of the department.
Report concerning the same published in the Indian Express
To implement the same, plans are underway to attract tourists from India and other foreign countries, which will help generate income and jobs in the coastal parts of Maharashtra. Keeping the goals in mind, the government has also released several policies that have been approved by Cabinet, including agrotourism recently launched.
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The government has decided to allow beach huts on eight beaches on the Konkan coast. An announcement about this was made in 2020, and it would be similarly seen in Goa. In addition to this, mini festivals have been planned on the coasts and it is said that the same will start in November 2021. One of the festivals will be a grape festival that will take place over three days and is expected to be scheduled for February. 2021.
Filmmakers and producers were also approached to present the achievements and locations through their projects. Calls have been made to present popular scenarios, posters on emblematic places of art centers, museums, etc. and to other parts of the state.
In August 2021, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray launched various tourism projects worth INR 2,905 crore. This development by the state government has come in order to encourage Maharashtra as a top tourist destination and also to help the tourism sector which has been affected by the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Earlier this year, the government of Maharashtra authorized caravan tourism in Maharashtra. As part of this policy, incentives will also be granted to caravans. In addition, tour operators can also register online and registration fees are capped at INR 5,000 and renewal fees at INR 2,000.
In addition to this, plans have been made to develop Mahabaleshwar for tourism. CM Uddhav Thackeray previously asked the tourism department to develop Lake Venna and also increase the height of the Venna dam.
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