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Tourism Year will be celebrated in Madhya Pradesh, CM opens Travel Mart

BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that next year will be celebrated as Tourism Year in the state. During it, state’s tourism potential will be displayed before the world. The Chief Minister was inaugurating Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart here on Saturday.

The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh would be developed as pioneer state in tourism sector. State has immense tourism potential. Madhya Pradesh government has chalked out a pro-active policy. Impressive tourism infrastructures are being constructed in the state. New tourist circuits are being developed.

The state has also immense potential of religious tourism. Sanchi, Khajuraho and Bhim Bhetka in the state are world heritage. Madhya Pradesh has also a number of National Parks and sanctuaries. The state government wishes to develop tourism facilities for every section so that people can spend some peaceful time in present-day complex life.

Minister of State for Tourism Surendra Patwa said that Madhya Pradesh is progressing rapidly in every sector. During last 8 years, number of tourists coming to the state has increased from one crore to 6 crore 40 lakh. Effective tourism facilities are being developed in the state.

Infrastructure works costing about Rs 350 crore are underway in tourism sector. Secretary Tourism Hari Ranjan Rao informed about tourism potential in the state. He informed that the state has 3 world heritages, 9 national parks and 25 wildlife sanctuaries. The state government has chalked out a progressive tourism policy.

Secretary-General of Federation of Indian Tourist and Hospitality Agency Subhash Verma said that the state government is undertaking laudable efforts in tourism sector. President of Indian Association of Tour Operators Sarvjeet Singh said that better facilities are being made available to tourists in Madhya Pradesh.

At the programme, the Chief Minister also unveiled air-conditioned buses to be operated under PPP mode by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation. He inspected an exhibition put up on the occasion.