Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that global level marketing of Madhya Pradesh’s cultural specialties, heritage and natural beauty will be undertaken. The campaign will be continued till Simhastha-2016. Action plans have been chalked out for tourism events to be held during the period to ensure presence of Madhya Pradesh on world tourism map. Theme of the government calendar for year 2015 will be tourism. The Chief Minister was reviewing Madhya Pradesh tourism campaign at Mantralaya here today and directed to start immediate preparations for chalking out calendar of important tourism events.
Special sanitation drive at tourist destinations: Directing for a special drive to sanitise and beautify tourism destinations, the Chief Minister said that state’s beauty is unprecedented. Water bodies, jungles, wildlife and heritage of culture and art exist simultaneously. Information about them should be disseminated to domestic and international tourists. He directed to re-conceptualise Khajuraho Dance Festival. Shri Chouhan said that he will himself visit tourist destinations. Civic facilities for tourists will be boosted through cooperation of local people.
Describing Deepdan Mahotsav on Narmada Jayanti, famous Bhagoria festival, Ganesh immersion of Malwa region and Durga Puja of Mahakaushal region as important from the point of view of religious and cultural tourism, Shri Chouhan said that these are of special attraction for international tourists. The Chief Minister directed to start tourism activities at Bargi Bandh Sagar, Indira Sagar and Tawa reservoirs.
Simhastha Kumbh 2016: Directing for marketing of Simhastha Kumbh as a unique global level tourism activity, Shri Chouhan said that NRIs should also be invited for Simhastha Darshan. He directed to organise international seminars on Yoga, climate change, status of women, respect to all religions, moral values etc. during the Simhastha. He also directed to start preparations for international seminars on Yoga Vidya and Ayurveda. The Chief Minister instructed to make Simhastha-2016 at Green Kumbh by undertaking an intensive sanitation drive before it takes place. International marketing of Simhastha-2016 will get underway from March 2015 at International Tourism Mart in Germany.
The meeting was informed that Pachmarhi Mahotsav will begin from December 25 and state level Jheel Mahotsav will be held from February 13 to 15. Houseboats will arrive at Indira Sagar and Tawa reservoirs before these events.
Forest Department will chalk out rules regarding water tourism before December 31. The Chief Minister will hold road shows in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad to invite investment in tourism sector. A calendar of major tourism activities and events will be prepared. At the meeting, Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao informed about action plans for proposed tourism events.
Minister of State for Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bais, Principal Secretary Culture Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Forests Shri A.P. Shrivastava, Managing Director of MP Tourism Development Corporation Shri Raghavendra Singh, Director Culture Smt. Renu Tiwari and other senior officers were present on the occasion.