Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh has become the first state in the country to bag the “Best Tourism State” national award for third consecutive year. The MP Tourism was conferred with the Hall of Fame Award in New Delhi on Wednesday. The award was presented by the President Ramnath Kovind at a grand ceremony organised at Vigyan Bhavan to minister of state for tourism (Independent charge) Surendra Patwa, chairman of state tourism development corporation Tapan Bhoumik and secretary tourism Hariranjan Rao.
The award carries a trophy and a citation. Union minister of state (Independent charge) for tourism and information technology KJ Alphons was also present on the occasion. The state tourism also bagged 10 awards on the occasion of World Tourism Day on Wednesday. The state bagged the Most Innovative Tourist Product award for Hanuwantiya Jal Mahotsav and Best State for Adventure Tourism.
While Chanderi was adjudged the Best Heritage City, the Best Tourist Friendly Railway Station award went to Ujjain Railway Station and Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination of India was awarded to Khargone. The English Coffee Table Book published by MP Tourism Board won national award for Excellence in Publishing.
Similarly, Madhya Pradesh has also received national award for film promotion policy in Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory. The Hindi brochure published by Madhya Pradesh Tourism in Simhastha 2016 has bagged national award for excellence in publishing in Hindi. Best wildlife guide national award was bagged by Saib Khan of Pachmarhi.
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Managing director of MP State Tourism Corporation Chavi Bharadwaj, additional managing director Dr Shrikant Pandey, executive director OV Choudhury and other officers were also present on the occasion.