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?Industry status to tourism?

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said the state government was planning to accord industry status to tourism sector soon, even as all out efforts were being made to get international status approved for Bhopal and Indore airports.
None | By HT Correspondent, Bhopal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2006 01:06 AM IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said the state government was planning to accord industry status to tourism sector soon, even as all out efforts were being made to get international status approved for Bhopal and Indore airports.

The CM said this while inaugurating ‘Paryatan Bhawan’, the newly constructed office of the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) here today. Chouhan added international status to the two airports and other steps by the state government would augment tourism in the state.

‘Paryatan Bhawan’ has been constructed at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. The office, constructed over three levels, houses information centres of six states.

Tourists will have access to relevant information of tourist spots of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. MPSTDC management is emphasising on computerization and online connectivity and aims at making the working of the office totally paperless within the next two years.

State tourism minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia presided over the inaugural function. Also present on the occasion were Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahani, Vice Chairman MPSTDC J Advani, Principal Secretary Tourism Abha Asthana, Principal Secretary Higher Education Bhagirath Prasad, MPSTDC MD Ashwani Lohani, MPSTDC’s Beena Raman, MPSTDC ED G S Chahal and others.

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