Maharashtra hotels reach 80% occupancy; Govt plans policies to boost tourism

Maharashtra Government has revamped several major policy decisions to boost tourism in the state. The state government has sanctioned the Caravan policy which will be implemented in the second half of 2021. In the bid to boost beach and coastal tourism in the state, the government has recently approved a ‘beach shack’ policy that will allow setting up to 10 beach shacks and beach facility centres along the Konkan coast from 1st September 2021.

Dhananjay Sawalkar, Director, Directorate of Tourism, Maharashtra stated in an interview that the government will soon be announcing new policies and initiatives to promote wellness tourism and adventure tourism by highlighting ideal locations. He added, “We are also planning to announce MICE policy to attract MICE tourism and position Maharashtra as one of the top MICE tourism destinations in the country.”

In order to do things differently, the government has planned to host a few iconic annual events like Elephanta festival, Ellora Ajanta festival, Kalidas festival this year. “However, in light of the Covid-19 situation, we have decided to postpone these big events. Instead, we planned to hold 20 mini cultural festivals across the length and breadth of the state,” he further informed.