Bhopal, May 24 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh has set new records in the field of tourism but a long distance is yet to be covered, Minister of State for Tourism Tukoji Rao Puar said today.
Mr Puar, who was chief guest on the occasion of State Tourism Day to mark 30th establishment day of the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation here, said the state has a number of places of religious, historic and archaeological importance. However, hospitality facilities have to be improved in these states.
He said tourism policy of the state would be amended as per needs of the hour and would be implemented for the next five years, an official release said here today.
MPSTDC Chairman Dhruv Narayan Singh, who presided over the function, said unprecedented successes have been achieved during the last four years. Madhya Pradesh has become a leading state in the field of tourism.
Referring to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's dedication and commitment toward tourism development, he said that the Chief Minister never hesitated to extend cooperation in this connection.
The State Tourism Day was celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm.
Those present as special guests included MPSTDC Deputy Chairman Janakram Advani, Miss Tourism World Priyanka Shah and president of Indian Association of Tour Operators Vijay Thakur.
Tourism Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains and MPSTDC Managing Director Ashwini Lohani were also present.
A car rally titled 'Identity of Heritage' was also taken out.
Besides, state level tourism prizes were distributed and mobile phone audio guide about Jabalpur, Gwalior and Indore was released.
Famous writer Hugh Gantzer's book 'Discovering Madhya Pradesh', Eicher Guidebook on Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore and Jabalpur and a film 'Spiritual Madhya Pradesh' were also released.
Special cover cancellation on temples of Khajuraho, Sanchi's Stoopas, wall paintings of Bhim Baithka and Railway Coach Restaurant brought out by the Department of Post were also released.
ISO certificates were given away to MPSTDC units Kipling Court Pench, Highway Treat Dondi and Delhi-based Marketing Office.
Besides, State Tourism Awards were given away to heritage hotels, city hotels, resorts, travel agents, tour operators and guides for excellent work in the field of tourism.
Senior porter of Bhopal Railway Station Israr Khan was bestowed the award of Tourist-friendly Guide and a batch was also given away to him, the release added.
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