Indicative of positive economic trends ahead, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation’s move to develop facilities at seven major destinations on 90 years’ lease saw almost all industry players, including top hospitality majors, at a preliminary interactive session with government on Friday.
MTDC and its advisors hosted the session with hoteliers across the country on its upcoming project. Resorts and vacant land owned by MTDC at Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Harihareshwar, Ganpatipule, Mithbav, Tadoba and Fardapur (near Ajanta Caves) were selected for the first phase. MTDC has appointed Auctus Advisors to support the endeavor. Tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray explained the government’s vision to aspiring developers.
Twenty-five senior executives and over 45 through video-conference, including representatives from Taj Group, Mahindra Group, Chalet Hotels, Sterling Holidays and ITC Hotels, attended the meet.
Minister of state for tourism Aditi Tatkare, Dhananjay Sawalkar, joint director, department of tourism, Ashutosh Salil, managing director, MTDC, and Ajay Saxena, public-private partnership advisor to MTDC were present.
The session was to lay out the tourism minister’s vision-.Participants shared views on modes of collaboration.