In an effort to boost tourism in the state, the Government of Maharashtra has taken a decision to set up tourism societies as a pilot in 10 districts across the state. Further, the state government has also decided to appoint district tourism officers in the 10 districts on a contract basis. These will aid in the coordination of various tourism related activities at the district level.
The decision was taken in a special review meeting of tourism development projects in the state and the promotion of tourism growth. As the Deputy Chief Minister of the state, Ajith Pawar gave approval for appointing district tourism officers and decided to give priority to experts from the agri-tourism sector. Moreover, following the meeting, Pawar ordered the immediate release of funds worth Rs 250 crore for the development of important tourist destinations like Mahabaleshwar, Ekvira Devasthan, Lonar Sarovar, Ashtavinayak and Konkan beaches.
Ajith Pawar chaired the review meeting. Minister for Tourism Aaditya Thackeray, Deputy Minister for Tourism Aditi Tatkare, Principal Secretary Tourism Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary – Finance Rajgopal Deora, and other senior officials attended the meet.