Madhya Pradesh is working towards kick-starting its tourism sector. The state has re-opened its state tourism development corporation hotels, resorts and many private hotels at tourist destinations. A notice regarding the resumption of National Parks from 15th June 2020 has been generated by the state’s forest department. The National Park’s Buffer Zone will remain open during the monsoon season.
Reopening tourism as a means to return to normalcy
Sonia Meena, Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board said: “Madhya Pradesh being into Inbound Tourism promotion is very strong with its domestic tourism products, wildlife is one of them. Opening up tourist attractions would also give a sense of “returning to normalcy. We see great potential after re-opening our destinations like wildlife, heritage, pilgrimage, leisure, and adventure tourism opportunities.
Madhya Pradesh Tourism has ensured that its premises have been sanitized and fumigated.“We are ensuring all hygiene and social-distancing norms and SOP issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India,” she added.
As the state has suffered a high revenue decline due to lockdown, it sees a great potential in domestic tourism to cover some lost ground. “The first segment of the travellers we are looking to attract are people from neighbouring states coming to visit our wildlife, heritage, religious and adventure tourism sites because we are surrounded by five states and it is very easy to travel by car from neighbouring states to Madhya Pradesh,” says a statement by the state government.