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Tour operators roped in to promote tourism in Kolhapur

KOLHAPUR: The Hoteliers’ Associations of Kolhapur, comprising around 150 members, has roped in 50 tour operators to help district administration promote tourism activities here.

As a part of the initiative, the tour operators will visit different tourist spots in the district for three days starting Friday, October 14, reports The Times of India.

Besides showcasing cuisines, folk arts like Lavani, Dandpatta and Shahiri will also be performed every evening at Shahu Smarak Bhavan to promote tourism under the tag of ‘Kolhapur Paryatan Mohotsav’.

Ujjwal Nageshkar, one of the hoteliers from the city, said, “The initiative is our first step towards unleashing the tourism potential of the city. The initiative will end with experts laying out a plan to improve tourism in the district. They will also decide on the responsibilities of all the stakeholders and the administration.”

In August, the district tourism committee headed by the district collector Amit Saini had rolled out a ten-point agenda for promoting tourism activities here. The focus area remained cleanliness of the tourist spots and developing sanitation facilities.

The plan included converting Shahu Smarak Bhavan into a ‘Tourism Hub’, where various promotional activities will be conducted. The information centres to guide the tourists will be developed over next one month in various parts of the city.

The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) has set up one such centre at Mahalakshmi Temple. The district administration has decided to procure a tourist bus, which will be bought using the funds from the district planning and development council (DPDC).

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