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Kolhapur tourism festival to begin on January 15

KOLHAPUR: The Kolhapur tourism festival — supposed to be organised last month by the district administration — will now be organised by the Hotel Owners’ Association due to forthcoming ZP elections and the poll code likely to be in effect.

The 15-day festival will begin from January 15 and the association has declared several discount packages to attract tourists from across the country, reports The Times of India.

Guardian minister Chandrakant Patil had earlier stated the district administration will be conducting tourism festival but it was postponed due to demonetisation. Now, the hotel association has taken the initiative to organize the festival with support from district administration wherever required.

Ujjwal Nageshkar, president of Kolhapur Hotel Malak Sangh, said, “The festival will be organised in collaboration with district administration and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). The aim of the festival is to tap the devotees visiting Kolhapur and turn them into tourists so that they can visit other places in and around Kolhapur. The tour plans are designed to cover all types of people.”

He added, “Similar attempts were made previously but they could not succeed as they were focussed on different issues. This time our focus will be only on tourists and the festival will be run in a professional way just like other tourism festivals conducted in Kerala, Kashmir and Rajasthan.”

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