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CM Devendra Fadnavis announces ‘Visit Maharashtra 2017 ‘ to woo tourism

MUMBAI: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said tourism in the state will be developed through a transparent public-private-partnership (PPP) model and an integrated tourism development plan for Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg will be submitted for inclusion in the Central government’s coastal tourism project.

In a bid to attract foreign tourists, Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced year 2017 as “Visit Maharashtra” year along with organisation of ‘international travel mart’ in September this year.

“We are also trying to host the meeting of SAARC tourism ministers in the state,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds Tourism portfolio, told the Legislative Assembly in the reply to a debate on the budgetary demands of the department.

Fadnavis said a ‘single window scheme’ would be created for the hospitality industry and number of permissions would be drastically cut down from about 140 to 20.

The draft is being prepared and all departments would be taken on board before finalising it, he said.

Fadnavis told the House that a new tourism policy would be unveiled soon and that Aurangabad will be declared as a tourism district.

He said tourism in the state will be developed through a transparent public-private-partnership (PPP) model and an integrated tourism development plan for Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg will be submitted for inclusion in the Central government’s coastal tourism project.

Plans are also afoot to develop sea forts in Konkan region, he added.

Fadnavis said his government would aggressively market the tourism sector and strive to develop Maharashtra as a tourism brand.CM with NMTV mike

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