Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) recently organised an “Experiential Tourism Workshop” by introducing Social Tourism to encourage social cause and promote tourism in Maharashtra on the juncture of “Paryatan Parv”. The workshop was inaugurated by Nitin Gadre, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism and Culture in the presence of Swati Kale, General Manager, MTDC and other stakeholders.
Experiential Tourism Workshop offers a platform to the hoteliers, travel agents, tour operators, tourism professionals and college students which aims to assist them in understanding how to implement holistic tourism programmes in the country. In order to change the current trends; MTDC offers scheme of Mahabhraman to carry these projects under one roof. There are 77 Mahabhraman units registered with MTDC, Social Tourism being one of them. The main intention of this scheme is to inspire people from various segments to offer an ultimate experience to the tourists and to provide sustainable livelihoods to families of farmers in villages.
Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra said, “We are pleased to organise Experiential Tourism Workshop with the sole objective to offer variety of experiences for travellers across the globe. The hoteliers, travel agents, tour operators and tourism professionals are identifying new prospects in the country which aims to provide a unique experience to the travellers. We are ready to meet the growing demands and expectations of future tourist influx in the state.”
Experiential Tourism Workshop will also help individuals to understand the concept of Social Tourism. Social tourism is about visiting places where social welfare activities take place. MTDC will be initiating Social Tours to Anandwan Hemalkasa Somnath that belongs to social worker Prakash Amte, Ralegan Siddhi, a self-sufficient village by Anna Hazare and Ansarwada Sevalay Ambejogai, which is a rehabilitation for nomadic tribes and kids suffering from HIV, for a life changing experience.