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November 6, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Madhya Pradesh (MP), the land of tigers and immense heritage, is now set to welcome international visitors. After popularly hosting domestic travellers and winning many accolades from India Tourism, the state is now getting ready to woo international travellers.

Surendra Patwa Minister for Culture, Tourism (Independent Charges), Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh said at the inaugural of Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart (MPTM) 2017: “We have been continuously receiving national awards since three years with awards in eight categories this year alone. We just want to give the best, not compromise on anything and always want to improve. In two years time, we hope to be known internationally. My request to visitors is ‘whenever you come to Madhya Pradesh (MP), please visit all places because it has all kinds of tourism including 3 World Heritage Sites.”

Chhavi Bhardwaj, Hari Ranjan Rao, Gaur Kanjilal with Minister Surendra Patwa at MPTM2017

Newly set-up MP Tourism Board is planning aggressive marketing campaigns in UK, France and the US. It will participate with 10 private suppliers at this year’s WTM.

Chhavi Bhardwaj, Managing Director, MPSTDC said: “We’ll be entering the US market for the first time with exclusive roadshows in four cities including San Francisco and New York. We’ll have a roadshow in Paris as well. Eventually we’ll also tap other international markets.”

Madhya Pradesh is known as the ‘Tiger State’ with five project tiger areas-Kanha, Panna, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Satpura. It has 9 national parks and 25 wildlife sanctuaries and is one of the best destinations to sight a tiger in its natural habitat.

Julian Matthews, Chairman, TOFTigers said: “A recent study by tiger scientist Dr Raghu Chundawat shows that tiger tourism actually benefits tigers and communities over a much broader area with support and improved sustainable practices.”

Tiger in Bandhavgarh forest

World Heritage site of Sanchi attracts many Buddhist visitors. Sumit Mathur, Director (sales & Marketing) Top Travel & Tours told eGTMedia: “We bring many tourists from Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia to visit Buddhist sites in Madhya Pradesh.” Another World Heritage site of Kajuraho is popular with visitors from worldwide.

The state is rich in diversity, heritage, nature, wildlife and spiritual tourism. Hari Ranjan Rao, Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Tourism, said: “We have so many products that our main challenge is to channelize and focus on select products. Our idea is to tell the world what have on offer. MP is currently seen as an add-on destination because of absence of an international airport. Our intention is to bring travellers exclusively to the state.”

World Heritage Site of Sanchi stupa attracts Buddhists tourists

There are domestic flight connections to three of its airports in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur from New Delhi and Mumbai. Bhopal is currently serviced by Air India and Jet Airways. Ms Bhardwaj said: “Indigo is planning to introduce flights to Bhopal by December. Bhopal and Indore airports are being upgraded to international standards and will be ready in two years’ time.”

50 International buyers as well as national buyers at MPTM 2017 were treated to their choice of post-tour after the mart.

Written by Anand & Madhura Katti

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