The state of Maharashtra to join heritage tourism

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Maharashtra Tourism has offered to join hands with the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) by seeking their expertise. There are 450 forts and palaces on the beaches of Maharashtra which lie untapped. I urge the IHHA to lend their support by way of restoring them, said Jaykumar Jitendrasinh Rawat, the Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra.

The minister was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of IHHA at Hotel Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur. He further said that the new tourism policy in Maharashtra was already in place and it offered a package of incentives for such restorations.

The Governor of Punjab, VP Singh Badnore, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the IHHA, was present as an invitee. He focused on the importance of working and coordinating as a cohesive whole by the government representatives and private players. He cited the example of the committee, which was formed to translocate tigers in Sariska Tiger Reserve. The Committee comprised of experts and not government representatives, with the translocation having been hugely successful.

The President of IHHA, Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur, in his presidential address stated that the tourism industry is the 2nd largest foreign exchange earner in net terms for the country and has the largest potential for employment creation. The travel and tourism sector creates more jobs per million rupees of investments than any other sector of the economy and is capable of providing employment to wide spectrum job seekers from the unskilled to the specialised, even in the remote parts of the country. He also urged for reducing the skill gap by providing appropriate skills and training.