To promote innovative tourism, Maharashtra Govt introduces new policies

The Department of Tourism, Maharashtra government is pushing various policies to ensure different stakeholders' participation to promote innovative tourism experiences.

To promote innovative tourism, Maharashtra Govt introduces new policies

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccines have proved to be beneficial. The tourism landscape has shifted drastically, but as the coronavirus curve is flattening and people are getting fully vaccinated, the travel restrictions are being lifted gradually. India is set to reopen its borders for overseas travelers as the COVID-19 cases are dropping. The Department of Tourism, Maharashtra government, is pushing several policies to make sure different stakeholders' participate in promoting innovative tourism experiences.

For instance -

1. The Beach Shack Policy: A special permit will be issued for the temporary construction of shacks, portable cabins, deck-beds, umbrellas etc.  However, it must be ensured that the beaches are not harmed in any way. They will implement this policy in Ratnagiri (Guhagar, Arevare), Sindhudurga (Kunkeshwar, Tarkali), Raigad (Varsoli, Diveagar), Palghar (Kelava and Bordi). On each beach, only ten beach shacks will be permitted to be built.

2. Agro Tourism policy: To catalyse the development of rural areas and generate more employment opportunities, the state government has drafted a policy for agro-tourism. Agro-tourism centres will receive registration certificates from the tourism department. The owners will also get loans based on these certificates and can also avail incentives and other benefits of other government schemes.

3. Caravan Tourism: Travelers are now looking beyond hotel rooms, resorts and traditional accommodation options. Maharashtra government has formulated the 'Caravan Tourism' policy. Caravan operators will be given incentives, for instance, an exemption in stamp duty and electricity duty, a refund in GST. A caravan parking space will be facilitated by the Directorate of Tourism. They will also issue a no-objection certificate to avail caravans loans.

4. Single window clearance policy:  A common online application portal is started by the tourism department. They will streamline seeking licenses and permissions for setting up a hospitality unit. The aim is to help hoteliers seek approvals from multiple bodies hassle-free in an online portal.

These policies will not only promote tourism in India but also contribute to the country's economy. 

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