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Professionalism pays dividends for MPT

india Updated: Sep 27, 2006 16:19 IST
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ON THE eve of ‘World Tourism Day’, the State Government on Tuesday claimed new dimensions were added to tourism development in just one year in Madhya Pradesh.

The Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) is being run more professionally and things set right. As a result, all its properties are now in profit, an official release said.

An attractive and artistic publicity campaign, launched to highlight the tourist centres in the State, is being acclaimed as unique. A marketing campaign has also been launched in collaboration with the SOTC.

An important feature of the campaign is that it targets domestic tourists. Domestic airline Indian’ has begun a Delhi-Khajurao-Varanasi flight following efforts. Negotiations are on with other airlines for more flights to and from the various important tourist destinations of the State.

The Ministry of Railways was also being pursued to set up rail link to Khajuraho. The Ministry has assured that Khajuraho would be linked by rail by June 2007, the release said.

More attention is being paid to development of destinations in the State. Basic facilities were being improved at all tourist spots. Various proposals were forwarded to the Centre for the purpose.

Work is already in progress at Amarkantak, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Chanderi, Orchha, Khajuraho, Indore and Burhanpur. Mitawali-Padawali near Gwalior has also been taken up for development.

Plans were in place for Jabalpur, Maihar and Chitrakoot. A major scheme is also on the anvil for development of Bhopal as a prominent tourist destination.

All the schemes will be completed in next two years, the release added. MP Tourism won several awards, including two prestigious awards from IATO and TAAI, the release said.

A cruise will be launched in the Narmada from Bargi to Mandla. The sanctity of the Narmada will be honoured. Boating facility is also being provided at Bansagar and Shivpuri.

The State Government has given exemption or concession in luxury tax in the hotels for shoestring budget tourists, the release added.

30 pc discount on boating today
ON THE occasion of World Tourism Day on Wednesday, the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) has decided to give 30 per cent discount on boating and cruise at Boat Club, Upper Lake.  The discount is available for a day only. World Tourism Day is observed every year on September 27.