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Monday, 24 June, 2013, 11 : 00 AM [IST]

Maharashtra, AP sign MoU to promote tourism

To provide a major fillip to tourism in the two states, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh (AP) have agreed in principle to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The announcement was made during the inauguration of Tourism Information and Reservation Centre of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) at Tourist Plaza in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. MTDC had also held a roadshow for tour operators of Andhra Pradesh, as per a release.

Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister for Public Works & Special Assistance Department and Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, said, “It would be a win-win situation for both states, which share many similarities and complement each other’s culture. Tourists from other states can visit these two states and that would be the core focus of this joint effort. Besides, we would like to ask tourists and tour operators of Andhra Pradesh to explore the destinations of Maharashtra, which in itself is a wholesome experience.”

Chandana Khan, Special Chief Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Archaeology & Museums, Archives & Youth Services & Sports, NCC, Government of Andhra Pradesh, said, “Sharing border with Maharashtra provides several advantages. If we can work together on increasing the number of tourists between the two states, it would be a great boost to the industry.”

MTDC also kick-started its national marketing campaign from Hyderabad. Dr Jagdish Patil, Managing Director, MTDC, said, “Our new office in Hyderabad is the second outside Maharashtra; the first being in Delhi. MTDC has been taking several steps to encourage tourism. Alongside, the roadshow for tour operators was an interactive session, on how best we can improve the number of tourists from Andhra Pradesh to Maharashtra.”
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