India, MP Tourism Webinar on 'Heritage - Perspectives for the Future'

Business Events | April 20, 2021 | News

Ministry of Tourism Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board

On the occasion of World Heritage Day celebrated on 18 April 2021, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board jointly organised a webinar on 'Heritage - Perspectives for the Future'.

The webinar was organised for spreading public awareness of cultural, historical and natural heritage of the country and the state so as to protect, promote and preserve them. Important suggestions on the use of latest techniques and technology for the promotion of cultural heritage and to convert them into tourism properties were discussed.

The webinar was conducted by Nishant Upadhyay, Heritage Expert and Architect, UNESCO.

During the webinar, Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism Government of India; Sonia Meena, Additional Managing Director, Tourism Corporation; Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation; singer duo Pandit Rajan Mishra and Pandit Sajan Mishra; Steve Borgia, CMD, Indian Ecology (INDeco) Tourism Company; and retired Joint Director General of Archaeological Survey of India, SB Ota, shared views and offered suggestions on restoring and refurbishing the heritage of India.

Sonia Meena said, “At present the trend of authentic and local culture tourism has increased. Madhya Pradesh has immense potential for tribal and rural tourism. In this direction, 60 villages are being developed by the department under the 'Rural Tourism Project'. Here local people are being given training and help for the development of rural home-stay and tourism activities. 100 such villages will be developed in areas like Chambal, Bundelkhand, Malwa, Baghelkhand etc. Tourists here will be able to enjoy the pristine natural beauty as well as the local art, culture and cuisine.”

SB Ota said, “The tourism should be developed by integrating the natural, geological, architectural and musical heritage of the state. Work should be done towards making inheritance self-sustenance. Local residents should participate in this development because they have preserved these heritages till now and will continue to do so. Historical sites like Sanchi, Mandu can be developed along this line.”

Sudha Murthy said, “With the help of history lovers, social organisations and NGOs, important cultural sites of the state can be renovated, developed and promoted. Historical sites of Madhya Pradesh should be included in the school curriculum. In view of the religious tendency of the people of Madhya Pradesh, the tourism circuits can be developed by connecting the sites of religious importance around the rivers Narmada and Shipra.”

Use of technology for the promotion of cultural heritage and to convert them into tourism properties was discussed.

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