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Monday, 04 January, 2016, 12 : 17 PM [IST]

Maharashtra govt plans to tie up with private hotels

Maharashtra government is stressing on promoting the state as a tourist destination, the state tourism department is in talks with private hotel chains to improve the quality of its resorts by bringing them on board as partners, reports Manasi Phadke in Indian Express. As per details provided by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) on its official website, the corporation has stated that it has about 12 open land parcels spread across 1,432 acres in places such as Gorai, Kashid, Manori, Bordi, Kharghar and Vasai Fort in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region itself.

The corporation maintained that they want private hotel chains to tie up with them and make use of the land parcels. The corporation has 641 acres in several parcels in districts such as Pune, Amravati, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik and Ratnagiri as well. The MTDC has so far approached budget room aggregator Oyo Rooms and vacation ownership company Mahindra Holidays and Resorts for the tie ups so as to build new state government resorts and upgrade the existing ones.

The corporation is also looking to bring in such private players on board to market its unsold rooms. Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, Managing Director at MTDC, said, “With the help of these companies, we will try to popularise our resorts in the hinterlands of Maharashtra that we are not being able to market. We are exploring different models of bringing such companies on board.”

The MTDC is looking to rope in the companies both as green-field partners and brown-field partners. As green-field partners, MTDC will offer the companies land that it owns across the state for them to invest in them. “We will put up a proposal soon before the MTDC board and then take a decision on the best way to go about partnerships to improve the quality and accessibility of our resorts,” he added.

The Devendra Fadnavis led government has been persistently trying to improve and market Maharashtra tourism with the chief minister having kept the portfolio with himself, and bringing in ease of doing business in a number of tourism-related sectors. The government is also in the process of finalising a new tourism policy, proposing a slew of sops for ultra-mega projects bringing in a minimum investment of INR 500 crore, has reduced the number of approvals required in the hospitality sector, and for film shoots in the state. (Source: Indian Express)
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