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MP Tourism signs 8 MoUs with GOPIO to promote inbound tourism

The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board signed 8 MoUs with chapters of Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO). The MoUs were signed by principal secretary and MD of MP Tourism Board Shiv Shekhar Shukla with the Presidents of GOPIO France, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Martinique, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius and GOPIO international. They seek to establish greater cooperation in the tourism sector and promote important destinations in Madhya Pradesh.

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Industry status to tourism in Assam will boost private investment: Mallabaruah

Tourism Minister Jayanta Mallabaruah highlighted that with the industry status, fresh investments in tourism infrastructures will contribute towards rapid employment generation, public-private partnership and infrastructure development. This move will further encourage and boost private investment in the above areas of the tourism sector. 

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No need for copyright music license at weddings in Rajasthan; industry lauds move

Rajasthan Police has said that no license will be required by hotels and wedding venues in the state to play music to avoid violation of Copyright Act at any social function, including weddings. MP Bezbaruah, Secy General, HAI has called it a welcome move, while Rajeev Jain, Founder & MD, Rashi Entertainment, has said that money was being illegally extracted by some unauthorized associations and this move will help the industry.

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Meghalaya implements initiatives to encourage ecotourism and sustainability

The state government of Meghalaya has implemented a number of different initiatives such as encouraging ecotourism and locally developed products, with the goal of making tourism more sustainable. These also include promoting festivals like Cherry Blossom Festival and the Shillong Literary Festival. Meghalaya also hosted ‘Megha Kayak festival’ in October 2022.

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Odisha takes initiatives to transform itself into a ‘preferred global sports destination’

Over the past few years, Odisha, under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister  Naveen Patnaik, has undertaken several ground-breaking sports initiatives to transform itself into a ‘preferred global sports destination’. From hosting marquee events to developing world-class infrastructure to strengthening sports grassroots programs, Odisha has been at the forefront of supporting all forms of sports. It is also the hub of High Performance Centres. The state has contributed massively to the development of sports is a prime example of sports tourism. Hockey is deeply connected to Odisha’s rich culture. It has produced champions like Dilip Tirkey, Pramod Tirkey, Lazarus Barla, Jyoti Sunita Kullu, Sunita Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, among others. Hon’ble Chief Minister himself was the goalkeeper for his school team, hence he has  a deep   emotional connect with the sport. Hockey is integral to the state and attracts audience in  thousands. Odisha has been one of the pivotal reasons behind Indian Hockey’s success in the recent years. The Odisha State Government became an official partner of Hockey India in 2018, and since then Indian Hockey teams have significantly improved. Over the years, Odisha has hosted various marquee tournaments such as Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, FIH Men’s Series Finals 2019, Olympic Hockey Qualifiers 2019, FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021, FIH Hockey Pro League 2020, 2021-22 and 2022-23. The FIH Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 was hosted with grandeur at the state-of-art Kalinga Hockey Stadium, which was refurbished with two new galleries, increasing the capacity to 15,000 seats.  It received an overwhelming response from hockey followers world-wide. It attracted massive tourists from India as well as around …

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Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board’s Rural Tourism Programme a success

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board’s Rural Tourism Programme could not have come at a better time. The target was to make tourism destinations friendly through a cultural experience-based tourism which involved local communities. With the intention of offering new products and experiences to tourists visiting Madhya Pradesh, the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board came up with the Rural Tourism Programme. The intention behind the Rural Tourism Programme is to connect rural communities with tourism for their social and economic development besides preserving the local environment. Rural tourism not only provides tourists with a completely new experience, it creates engagement between city and village dwellers through meaningful interactions. It also strengthens the rural economy, generating employment at the village level, minimises migration towards urban areas, preserves local culture & heritage, and encourages art and craft as well as landscape conservation. MP Tourism Board launched the Rural Tourism Programme in 2018. Covid slowed progress a bit but the work went on. The work first started in about 10 villages on a pilot basis. Villages close to prominent tourist sites, like Orchha, Khajuraho, Panna National Park and Sanjay-Dubri National Park, were initially selected. Seeing positive results, the scheme has been extended to many more villages. MADHYA PRADESH’S PIONEERING RURAL TOURISM PROJECT MP Tourism Board has launched its Rural Tourism Project under the auspices of the Madhya Pradesh Responsible Tourism Mission. Under the Rural Tourism Project, 100 villages across MP have been identified with the goal of developing them as Tourism Villages. As per the scheme, the state has been divided into six key cultural experience regions. Baghelkhand, Bundelkhand and Chambal in the north and northeast apart from their cultural specialities, also showcase the essence of …

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