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Maharashtra, South Germany sign tourism agreement

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South West Germany, the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, and Maharashtra have signed an agreement providing for increased co-operation between their respective tourism industries at ITB, the annual international tourism fair in Berlin.

In recent years, India has grown into the second largest Asian market (after China) for tourists to Baden-Württemberg. Between 2006 and 2013, the number of Indian overnight guests has nearly doubled. In the most recent survey, the number of overnights from India rose sharply by 7.1% to 157,000 in 2013. Similarly, Maharashtra will also attract tourists from Germany with this MoU.

Alexander Bonde, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Tourism and Andreas Braun, Managing Director of Tourismus Marketing GmbH Baden-Württemberg (TMBW) met at the India Pavilion at ITB for talks with Sumit Mullik, Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism) of the Government o f Maharashtra. Both sides agreed to co-operate in future on tourism marketing in the two regions.

The co-operation between SouthWest Germany and Maharashtra builds on the long-standing partnership between the capitals of the two regions: the cities of Stuttgart and Mumbai. The two have already been working together for 46 years. In addition to its cities and cultural attractions (especially the Buddhist and Hindu temples), the state of Maharashtra offers overseas visitors 720 km of glorious coastline along the Arabian Sea.

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