The Maharashtra Tourism delegation, led by Mr. Girish Mahajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Maharashtra, Mrs. Radhika Rastogi, IAS Principal Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra, and Dr. B.N. Patil, IAS Director, Directorate of Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra, launched into a profitable journey to Japan, fostering cultural trade and strengthening tourism ties between Maharashtra and Japan. The delegation participated within the India Mela at Kobe, adopted by impactful meetings and road shows throughout Shirahama, Okayama and Osaka from October seventh to eleventh October, 2023.
The Maharashtra Tourism delegation actively engaged within the India Mela at Kobe, organized by the Indian Consulate in Osaka-Kobe, Japan, from seventh to ninth October, 2023. Maharashtra Tourism Delegation interacted with the Indian Consulate in Kobe and met with Mr. Nikhilesh Giri, Consule General of India at Osaka-Kobe. The state showcased its wealthy heritage and tradition through a sales space area.
A cultural troupe from Maharashtra mesmerized the viewers with Lavani, Kohli dance, regional drama and people performances. The consumer-driven occasion attracted over 3,000 Japanese guests, creating widespread curiosity in Maharashtra as a first-rate tourism vacation spot. The dissemination of promotional materials additional fueled curiosity, with many guests expressing their intent to go to Maharashtra quickly.
On ninth October, 2023, a strategic dialogue was held in Shirahama, the place the Maharashtra Tourism delegation engaged with Mr. Taniguchi, Vice President of Wakayama wrestling affiliation and native MLA of Shirahama. Discussions centered round exploring the trade of wrestlers between Wakayama and Maharashtra, aiming to spice up Sports Tourism within the state.
On the identical day, the delegation visited Adventure World in Shirahama, participating in a major assembly with Mr. Takahama, Chief Manager of Adventure World. Adventure World homes varied sorts of uncommon animals and includes a plethora of excursions and sights. The major goal was to achieve insights into the operational mannequin of the park with the potential of creating related theme parks in Maharashtra. The assembly which was additionally attended by Mr. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Hon’ble Minister for Forests, Cultural Affairs and Fisheries, Government of Maharashtra marked a vital step in enhancing the tourism panorama in Maharashtra.
On the tenth of October 2023, there was a tactical assembly between Mr. Kishimoto Shuhei, Governor of Wakayama Prefecture, and the Maharashtra Tourism delegation. Discussions centered across the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) beforehand signed between Maharashtra and Wakayama to foster tourism promotion and trade. This strategic partnership goals to strengthen cultural, tourism, and financial ties between the 2 areas, providing thrilling alternatives for mutual progress.
This was adopted by a gathering with Mr. Omori, the Mayor of Okayama metropolis. At this assembly, the Maharashtra Tourism Delegation prolonged a heat invitation to Mr. Omori, for the forthcoming Mumbai Festival in January 2024. Mr. Ohmori graciously accepted the invitation, and conveyed his honest intent to attend the competition, underscoring the rising goodwill and collaboration between Okayama City and Maharashtra.
Next, The Maharashtra Tourism delegation had the privilege of participating with the esteemed Councillors of Okayama City. The delegation prolonged an invite to the Councillors to go to and expertise the Mumbai Festival scheduled in January 2024. They expressed curiosity in sending a delegation comprising roughly 30 Councillors of Okayama City, alongside Economic Mission delegates to attend the Mumbai Festival.
This collective enthusiasm underlines the rising bond between Okayama City and Maharashtra, fostering cultural trade and worldwide friendship. Furthermore, the Councillors expressed a eager curiosity in personal investments inside the tourism sector, signifying their want to discover new avenues of financial collaboration. The event additionally witnessed a heat welcome by the President of the Okayama India Friendship Association, Mr. Moriyama, who was eager to strengthen diplomatic ties.
Media interviews have been carried out at Okayama with Mr. Girish Mahajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Maharashtra. These interviews spanned each print and digital platforms, offering a proper avenue for the Minister to articulate the vacationer sights and funding alternatives in Maharashtra.
These meetings have been adopted by a welcome dinner hosted by Mr. Matsuda and Mr. Mori of the Okayama Chamber of Commerce.
On eleventh October, 2023, a major Road Show unfolded in Okayama, bringing collectively Chamber of Commerce members, industrialists, and vacationer corporations. Mr. Girish Mahajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Maharashtra delivered an attractive deal with, adopted by insightful shows from Dr. B.N. Patil, IAS Director, Directorate of Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra and Mrs. Radhika Rastogi, IAS Principal Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra. Discussions revolved round Maharashtra’s various and charming tourism prospects, fostering stronger connections and exploring collaborations between Okayama and Maharashtra.
Next, there was a Road Show in Osaka whereby journey brokers and tour operators have been invited, and launched to the wonders of Maharashtra. Dr. B.N. Patil, IAS Director, Directorate of Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra, commenced the occasion with an attractive presentation that showcased the attraction of Maharashtra’s various sights to Japanese travellers notably the Buddhist circuit, forts, wildlife and hill stations.
Following this, Mr. Girish Mahajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Maharashtra, emphasised the federal government’s dedication to selling tourism and encouraging collaborations with native companies. An interactive quiz, hosted by Mrs. Radhika Rastogi, IAS Principal Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra, examined the viewers’s information of Maharashtra’s tradition and landmarks. This not solely educated but additionally engaged the attendees. Subsequently, B2B interactions supplied a platform for members to discover potential partnerships and talk about tour packages.
The night concluded with a tasty dinner that includes some dishes consultant of Maharashtrian delicacies. This occasion not solely knowledgeable but additionally fostered connections, selling tourism and cultural trade between Japan and Maharashtra.
This complete journey stands as a pivotal second in enhancing diplomatic, cultural, and financial ties between Maharashtra and Japan. The Maharashtra Tourism delegation appears to be like ahead to constructing upon these foundations and ushering in a brand new period of collaboration and friendship to drive vacationer traction and investments to Maharashtra.