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Maharashtra unveils new initiatives to boost tourism

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In a move to boost tourism in Maharashtra, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray launched several initiatives of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). Among the projects are MTDC’s boating club, skydiving and adventure sports facilities, and a tie-up with leading online travel companies to promote MTDC properties.

Thackeray said the state has a wide variety of tourist destinations to attract domestic and international tourists, which will boost the state’s economy and provide employment. The tourism department launched a new boat club in Ratnagiri district’s Ganpatipule, signed MoUs with SkyHigh India to start skydiving and adventure sport activities in Sindhudurg district. The MTDC also launched a new website, which has now gone live.

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Thackeray said: “The state too has several destinations that can go on the world map. Like Amsterdam’s Tulip Garden, we can also develop tourism around flowers on Kaas Pathar in Satara district.”

The MTDC also signed the MoU with online travel companies MakeMyTrip and Goibibo to promote MTDC properties on the portal, and an agreement was inked with Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Pune, to train MTDC staff in hospitality and service. Thackeray also inaugurated a refurbished MTDC Sinhagad Resort, giving visitors a chance to explore the glory of Sinhagad Fort.

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