Maharashtra Government ties up with Airbnb to boost tourism

Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017

download (3)The temples, beaches and forts in Maharashtra will soon be linked as the government is planning to turn this into reality under the coastal tourism circuit project.


Union Road Transport Ministry is in the process of developing the Rs 10,000 crore Mumbai-Goa coastal road projects with an intention to create the tourism circuit along the 720-kms long coastline in Maharashtra.


Minister of State for Tourism Madan Yerawar explained that the government is equally interested to use the 1,600 hectares of land bank along with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation or MTDC to increase funds for offering facilities at MTDC guest houses in the state.


“Tourism is the only industry that not only generates revenue but also provides gainful employment,” the minister told reporters on the eve of World Tourism Day.


While making a remark on the coastal tourism circuit, he said the Detailed Project Report (DPR) is ready.


“Under the project, the state government will develop 60 road linkages to temples, beaches and forts along the main Mumbai-Goa coastal road,” the minister said.


Considering the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) regulations that stop all activities related to building on the beaches owned by Rural Development, Urban Development, Tourism and Revenue departments, the government is setting up to execute beach shacks strategies that is in vogue in neighbouring Goa, Yerawar said.


“The government intends to implement the Beach Shacks policy on the MTDC plot at Versova beach. The government will put up signages along major road networks informing travellers about nearby tourist attractions,” he said.


“The government will sign up agreements with Airbnb (online brokerage lodging and rental portal), private online fleet taxis like Ola and Uber which will provide employment and services to tourists and people alike,” he said, adding up that the online travel and ticketing portal Make My Trip is all to set create tiger reserve circuit in the Vidharbha region of the state.


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