Maharashtra to introduce vacation rental home policy

The Maharashtra state government is drafting a vacation rental home policy, given the changes in tourist preferences during the pandemic to stay in cozy residences in faraway places rather than hotel rooms, a senior official said.

The policy will help regulate the entire trade of vacation homes, which will be approved after visits from government officials and police, and help curb the menace of unsuspecting tourists getting fleeced, state principal secretary (tourism) Valsa Nair Singh said at an event organised by the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She added that the tourism department is planning to have a caravan parking bay at the base of Raigad fort, where recreational vehicles can be parked by tourists. Maharashtra, which has a 750-km coastline, will have beach shacks by October, she said, adding that there has been movement on the beach shack policy which was made public last year.

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