Akshay Kumar – Mumbai
The Konkan region of Maharashtra is looking at beautifying its beaches to increase tourism. The Maharashtra government is working with Kokan Bhumi Prastishthan (KBP), an umbrella organsiation of hoteliers, tour operators and tourism with an aim to develop the region’s tourism and promote it globally. The government has given a nod for 13 beaches which will be developed as per international standards and infrastructure. Nandgaon beach, Arnala beach, Kashid beach, Diveagar beach, Murud beach, Ladghar beach, Karde beach, Hadi island, Kunkeshwar beach and Ubhadanda beach are some of the beaches where the beautification project will commence shortly.
Speaking exclusively to Express TravelWorld, Sanjay Yadavrao, chief executive, Global Kokan, said, “Konkan has more than 100 beaches and every beach has its own speciality. We have now began work on the beautification projects for 13 beaches with the government’s help. These beaches will be developed with international infrastructure and standards that even foreign tourists will appreciate.”
Along with the developments, their main aim is to promote responsible tourism.
Yadavrao, said, “Ten years back tourism to Konkan was almost zero but now approximately one crore tourists visit Konkan annually. Along with promoting tourism, we will not only build five-star hotels and resorts but also definitely retain our culture and tradition. Sustainable development is what we are pledging for.”
The tourism in Konkan is set to receive a big boost as the fifth edition of the Global Konkan Festival in 2015 will be hosted in London.