Nagpur: Vidarbha Economic Development council (VED) has always been in the forefront of promoting Eco-Tourism in this region and has taken several projects to achieve it.
The eco-tourism potential has already been well-tapped nationally and globally in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, home to the largest number of the Royal Bengal Tiger.
The majority of tourists however, are found to be visiting the PAs for a 1-night stay, maximum 2, taking two or three safaris and leaving the Park. That doesn’t help as much as it should in terms of revenue-generation because there is something beyond Tiger Tourism that exists, and must be explored.
Fortunately, there is much that can be explored for creating Unique World-Class Experiences and furthering a light-footed, sustainable tourism which can be packaged attractively for the world-wide tourism platform.
The idea of Tourism Beyond the Tiger means the tourist can not only visit other sites of interest around the Parks but also have ‘experiences’ and activities of different kinds to keep them motivated to stay for 3-4 days which would automatically mean more revenue generated for the stakeholders, including the local communities.
‘Experiences’ can be created which creative minds with imagination or people with personal experiences elsewhere can suggest.
It is for this, that VED is holding a meet inviting the public with their ideas of what ‘experiences’ can be created around the forests which would make the tourists stay put for a longer period.
The Interactive meeting is scheduled on Sat. 15th July 2017, from 3 pm. to 5 pm. at the VED Office’s Smt. Rupadevi Daga Hall, Matey Square, Above Toonz (behind Baba Ambedkar’s statue), Gokul-Gopal Enclave, Gopal Nagar, Nagpur.
There is no registration fee and it is for the public in general who might be able to contribute positively and constructively to this concept of “Experiences beyond tiger tourism”.