Rajasthan-Gujarat join hands to promote tourism

Gujarat government Monday signed an agreement with Rajasthan to jointly promote tourism in western India through road shows and events in the country and abroad. "It is better to showcase a region on an international level rather than to promote just a state. In this way we will be promoting the whole of western India," said Vipul Mitra, principal secretary, tourism and civil aviation, government of Gujarat. "We are also in talks with the Maharashtra government for the same while Punjab and Karnataka have already been roped in," he added. Mitra said Gujarat is building a film city on the lines of one in Hyderabad and is in talks with Bollywood for the promotion of state tourism.
"We have a docile crowd here unlike in many other states, so film companies can easily set up the sets of different states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and do their shooting without any disturbance," he added. The tourism corporation of Gujarat has also acquired 400 acres of land and is in talks with a Surat-based company for the same. "The work will start shortly." Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism.