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Tuesday, 12 June, 2018, 11 : 00 AM [IST]

MTDC joined hands with Airbnb to train 500 people under entrepreneurship programme

In order to boost the tourism industry in the state, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has entered into collaboration with Airbnb. This is effect to drive economic growth in local Maharashtra communities by helping micro-entrepreneurs in hospitality sector grow their business through four key pillars of support- training, enabling, access and promotion.

Commenting on the occasion, Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism Government of Maharashtra, said, “Tourism is not only a source of revenue for the state, but is also key source of growth for local communities. In Airbnb, we have found a global partner whose vision to create skilled micro-entrepreneurs in hospitality and home stay ecosystem to further expand Maharashtra’s tourism potential. This is the first-of-its-kind tourism initiative in India where the Government has used the revenue shared by a partner to create a program to benefit various underprivileged communities in the State. With new innovative initiatives like this one, together with Airbnb, we aim to attract a larger global audience and exponentially boost tourism in Maharashtra,”

Chris Lehane, Global Head of Policy and Communications, Airbnb, said, “Airbnb is committed to create 50,000 hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India and the Accelerator Programme is a major step towards realising this. In the first year, we expanded to 500 hosts across the state. Now we are planning to expand this programme in a phased manner with focus on particular regions and ultimate across the state.”

Our target is to create and nurture 1,500 such tourism and hospitality entrepreneurs in the next one year. We are also planning to focus on Elephanta village in this programme this year. We aim to create a micro-entrepreneur in each village of these districts, said V.K. Gautam, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Maharashtra, said, “We are also aiming to create a home stay ecosystem at Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Palghar by creating at least one hospitality micro-entrepreneur in each village.”
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