Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that he would constitute a ‘special cabinet’ of ministers who would together work out ways to boost tourism in the state and market tourist spots worldwide.
This cabinet will have ministers heading departments like forest, culture, rural development, public works, home ministry and others. It will take important decisions related to the revival and construction of tourist hubs across the state, he said.
Chouhan was talking to journalists on Tuesday after chairing a cabinet meeting on the cruise in Hanumantiya village. He shared the tourism-related decision as Madhya Pradesh government has declared 2016 as the year of tourism. The CM said all tourist and heritage spots would be promoted through a massive ad campaign using all communication modes. “These spots will soon be brought onto Google maps so that international tourists can access and recognise them easily,” Chouhan said.
He said major focus would be on sanctuaries, forests and other natural spots which had the potential for developing camping, cycling and trekking facilities and could boost tourism. This would include developing home stay facilities, which are in vogue in the west, he said, adding that all these facilities would be marketed through annual travel marts.
Chouhand said, “For many states in India and for many nations, a large part of their income comes from tourism. Madhya Pradesh itself has shown an increase of one crore tourists since last one year. Our plan is to make several such spots and bring the state on the travel map of tourists all over the world,” he said, adding private players would be roped through online bidding for renovation, upkeep and development of heritage hotels.