By Sitaram Mewati
Maharashtra tourism is progressing ahead and expanding its horizon to take it to next level. Jaykumar Raval, Minister of Tourism for Government of Maharashtra is keen on putting Maharashtra on global map very aggressively. After concluding fruitful trip to Germany, he invited delegates from Wakayama Perfectural Government, Japan in Mantralaya on Monday 28th, 2017.
In a high level discussion with Wakayama delegation, Raval emphasised on various issues pertaining to tourism and many other areas. There is a tremendous potential for tourism in Mahrashtra of all kind for all countries. The minister was very keen on taking the MoU to the next level where exchanges and technology share can be attained.
In a meeting with Japanese delegation, minister also emphasised that Japan and Maharashta has a long association as far as tourism is concerned. He also emphasised on student exchange programme between Maharashtra – Japan.
Jaykumar Raval – Maharashta Tourism Minister while explaining various aspects said “There are 36 districts in Maharashtra, at least one student from each district along with few officials should be sent to school in Wakayama province of Japan to impart knowledge. Similarly students from Wakayama can come to be a part of school in Maharashtra. It will enhance the knowledge of students of both countries in their studies”.
Raval adds “India and Japan sharing a very long standing relation which is more than thousand of year as Buddhism is there. Wakayama province and Maharashtra has a special relation for long time and we are further going to extend MOU with Wakayama. The Governor of Wakayama share very special bond with people of Maharashtra and we are going to see that next generation of Maharashtra would have even more stronger bond in near future with Wakayama”.
Raval further added “We would be very happy to welcome His Excellency Yoshinobu Nisaka, The Governor of Wakayama Perfectural Government, in Maharashtra. There are many places where he can visit and gain first hand experiences of Maharashtra Tourism. As Wakayama is close friend of Maharashtra, we should extend our bond to other areas such as technology transfer, IT, industry, and town planning and infrastructure development apart from tourism”.
Head of Wakayama delegation Hiroyuki Tsui, Diector General for the International Affairs Planning Department Wakayama Perfectural Government said “We are very happy to visit Maharashtra. There is a huge potential in tourism, industries and places of tourist interest. It was a wonderful experience to visit various places in Maharashtra and the people of Maharashtra are very nice, we love Maharashtra. The Governor of Wakayama is also slated to visit Maharashta soon”.
While visiting Maharashtra, The Wakayama delegation visited various places of tourist importance that included Karla Caves, Panshet and Pune. After concluding meeting with tourism minister at Mantralaya, the delegation visited Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat (place where clothes are washed). The delegation was impressed with dhobi ghat.
It may be noted that Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat is Mumbai’s biggest human-powered washing machine which is 140 year old. Every day hundreds of people beat the dirt out of thousands of kilograms of soiled Mumbai clothes and linen in 1026 open-air troughs.
Dr. Neeraj Agarwal – Executive Vice President (Operations) Sula Vineyard said “On behalf of entire wine industry of Nashik we would like to invite His Excellency, The Governor of Wakayama to visit Nashik vineyards during his forthcoming visit to Maharashtra”. Agarwal added “Sula Vineyard is known for producing finest wines of World class which is appreciated all over and growing rapidly. Nashik vineyard is one of the biggest wine manufacturers in India and going ahead in global map”.
Along with tourism minister other official also attended the meeting which included Vijay Waghmare, IAS – Managing Director, MTDC, Ashutosh Rathod, Joint MD, MTDC and other officials from Mantralaya. The Japanese delegates included Hiroyuki Tsui, Director General, International Planning Division, Wakayama Prefecture Government, and Onishi Tatsunori alongwith other officials of various schools as well as other dignitaries”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist