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MP emerges as favourite tourist destination in world: Puar

BHOPAL: Tourism minister Tukojirao Puar said Madhya Pradesh has carved out its special identity in the tourism sector in India and abroad by carrying out outstanding works in the tourism sector.

He said Madhya Pradesh does not lag behind any other state from tourism point of view. Concrete efforts have been made to promote tourism.

Puar was addressing a World Tourism Day function here on Thursday. Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation vice-chairman Santosh Jain was also present on the occasion.

The minister said infrastructure and tourism facilities were being developed in Madhya Pradesh. Special attention has been paid to air connectivity and road transport.

He said wide publicity was also being undertaken at the national and international levels. Number of tourists in the state has increased. After Bhopal, Hospitality Training Centres were also being established at Jabalpur and Indore to ensure effective and qualitative services to tourists, he added.

The minister said 20 more buses were being started for new tourism destinations from this year. About Rs 50 crore would be spent on development of tourism infrastructure and facilities in the state.

Principal Secretary Tourism SPS Parihar said every possible effort would be made to promote tourism in the state.

Managing Director Raghavendra Singh said three notions – awareness, infrastructure and marketing – were being followed to promote tourism in the state.