Home » Current Affairs » Art & Culture » Aurangabad To Host First SAARC Tourism Summit In October

Aurangabad To Host First SAARC Tourism Summit In October

The Ajanta Ellora caves near Aurangabad, Maharashtra are among the favorite tourist destinations in India. (Image courtesy: Google)

Coinciding with the SAARC summit, the MTDC will organize a three-day Ajanta-Ellora festival from October 14-16.

The Ministry of External Affairs is holding country’s first SAARC Tourism Summit in Aurangabad, considered the tourism capital of Maharashtra, in the second week of October.

The announcement about the summit was made by Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary (Tourism and Culture) in Maharashtra.

She was speaking at a sensitization session on Aurangabad Tourism Development Program organised by the State Government, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry in Aurangabad on 4th July, 2016.

The two-day summit is also aimed at tapping FDI under Make in India and Make in Maharashtra schemes, said Valsa Nair Singh.

Aurangabad has been chosen keeping in mind the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Ajanta caves by the British officer, John Smith in 2018.

The Ajanta Caves. (Image courtesy: Google)
                                              The Ajanta Caves. (Image courtesy: Google)

Ms Singh said, “The Ajanta-Ellora caves have always remained the biggest tourism attraction in the State. The historical silk route and connect of the place with the Buddhist circuit across world, including China, is significant. Ajanta also has one of the world’s best visitors’ centers with several life-size replicas of Padmapani.”

Image courtesy: Google
                                                Image courtesy: Google

She said that the next two years were important for the progress and prosperity of the tourism sector. 2017 will be celebrated as Visit Maharashtra Year.”

On the first day, officials from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries – Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – will attend the conference.

On the second day, the Tourism Ministers from these countries and from Indian States would participate.

Nine hundred acres of MTDC land at Ellora is likely to be developed to set up a Buddhist Centre.

Coinciding with the SAARC summit, the MTDC will organize a three-day Ajanta-Ellora festival from October 14-16.

Leave a Reply