MTDC signs MoU with Airbnb

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has signed an MoU with Airbnb to open up experiences for international and domestic tourists and promote unique tourism experiences ranging from eco-tourism to safaris, tribal lifestyles and handicrafts. Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism, Maharashtra, revealed this at a conference on National Agri Tourism on the occasion of the tenth World Agri Tourism Day in Mumbai. He said, “We have signed an MoU with Airbnb to make such activity-based tourism projects available on a global platform. Tourism is witnessing a reversal of trends wherein tourists from cities are looking to experience village life. Maharashtra is the most urbanised state in India and a lot of people didn’t know where local tourist destinations like Panvel, Kolhapur and Alibag are or where the coastal forts are, how farming in India is done.” MTDC is looking at promoting such locations and also for training the stakeholders and enhance their soft skills. MTDC has three verticals, namely bed and breakfast options, Mahabramhan (experimental tourism) and its own resorts, which can be marketed to a global audience. It is the largest provider of bed and breakfast options in India, with around 1,400 such locations in its portfolio.