IN AN initiative to boost sea-tourism, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has proposed the idea of facilitating yacht tourism for tourists in Mumbai under the concept of theme-based tourism of the Maharashtra Tourism Policy, 2016.
In four months, tourists will be able to enjoy a yacht ride for an hour which will ferry them from the Gateway of India to Mandwa in Raigad and vice-versa. The yacht service, with a capacity 25 to 30 riders at a time, will entail lunch and dinner services for tourists. Services of booking a personal yacht for family or otherwise will also be made available to people if they book from before.
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Explaining the need for this initiative, Satish Soni, Joint Managing Director, MTDC and Director of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, said, “Mumbai has one of the biggest coastlines in the country and with this initiative we plan to make a better use of it. Through the concept of yacht tourism, we hope to get a 10 per cent increase in the domestic and foreign tourism of the state. Our aim remains to simplify sailing procedures across the coastline of Maharashtra.”
Speaking on helping the MTDC with its cause, Aashim Mongia, Commodore of Royal Bombay Yacht Club said, “Yacht tourism is actually becoming the biggest draw for tourists across the globe. We plan to help MTDC promote this service and make it one of the luxuries for both domestic and international tourists in Mumbai and Raigad.”
Single entry pass issuing procedures for yachts will be implemented by the MTDC in collaboration with other port authorities, including border patrol, customs department, passport police and other authorities concerning coastal gateways. Online booking of the yacht services can be undertaken by tourists through the MTDC website. The facility is likely to start from October 2016, after the monsoon ends.
The fares and frequency of proving yachts are yet to be decided. Under the initiative of theme tourism, the MTDC plans on introducing other concepts like heritage tourism, culinary tourism, tiger eco-tourism in the state.
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