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Maharashtra Tourism showcases the states traditional architecture at ITB Berlin

first_imgMaharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) participated in ITB Berlin 2017 held from March 8-12, 2017. MTDC participated with the stall space of 89 sq meters that effectively promoted the essence of Maharashtra at the exhibition.The theme of the stall this year was ‘Wada’, which is the traditional residential form of Maratha architecture, evolved under the reign of Peshwas. A wada is typically a large building of two or more storey with groups of rooms arranged around open courtyards. Some of the famous wadas are Vishrambaug Wada, Dhepe Wada and Puneri Wada located in Pune city.MTDC also actively showcased and promoted the medical tourism industry, city tours, wine tourism and mine tourism. This year, the event was inaugurated by Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, Jaykumar Rawal, in the presence of Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary- Tourism and Culture, Government of Maharashtra; Dr K H Govinda Raj, Managing Director, MTDC; Swati Kale, General Manager, MTDC and other officials.Commenting on the occasion, the Minister stated, “The Wada design has been the hall-mark of home construction for several centuries in Maharashtra. ITB Berlin is an ideal platform to attract international tourists and display the heritage of the state. Our marketing strategy for this year is ‘Visit Maharashtra Year 2017’ as declared by Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. As a step to achieve the same, we look at this as an opportunity to promote Maharashtra Tourism internationally and encourage tourists to visit the spectacular and diverse state.”Adding further, Valsa Nair Singh said, “The Wada theme will highlight the heritage of Maharashtra with the sole intention of creating and increasing awareness for public space as lively cultural spaces. ITB is an incredible platform that offers opportunities to travel & tour operators to interact with foreign buyers, retail buyers, exhibitors, policy makers and investors. We look forward to showcase our tourism strengths and connect with people from across the globe to exchange thoughts and ideas.”last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter PONANT has just comp

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >PONANT has just completed a first in the history of navigation, as two of its sister-ships, Le Boréal and Le Soléal, crossed the legendary Northwest Passage from Greenland in the east to Siberia in the west.A world firstHaving achieved a first for France in 2013, PONANT has pulled off a world first with two of its ships crossing the passage three days apart on the historic explorers’ route via the Bellot Strait. This latest achievement is the culmination of more than 15 years’ experience sailing in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.“It is with great pride that we announce this crossing under the French flag, unique in international maritime history,” says Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, Chief Executive Officer of PONANT.Designed to sail in extreme regions, each ship has 132 staterooms and suites and have obtained the international “CLEANSHIP” label (Bureau Veritas) for their innovative green equipments.Along the voyage guests explored historic landmarks like Beechey Island, Gjoa Haven where Amundsen and Cape Bathurst. They also witnessed hundreds of belugas, around 60 bears and nearly 500 narwhals. Another highlight for passengers was meeting French adventurer Charles Hedrich, the first man to cross the Northwest Passage solo in a rowing boat.Five-star expedition Aboard luxury yachts designed for extreme regions and small enough to venture into areas not accessible to other ships, PONANT’s five-star expeditions offer an opportunity to explore the remotest regions in comfort.From sharing in the day-to-day activities of the crew and expedition teams, comprising experts who are passionate about their subject, to having access to the Bridge and regular outings in Zodiacs in small groups, everything has been thought of to provide an experience that is as close to nature and the thrills of exploration as it is possible to be.2016 Northwest PassageKangerlussuaq – Nome (23 days / 22 nights on L’Austral) 16 August to 7 September 2016. (Wait list only available. 2017 voyage pricing yet to be released).Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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