Vibrant Mumbai Festival 2024: Tourism Conclave is a grand success

The Mumbai Festival from 20th January to 24th January 2024, in its inaugural edition, emerges as a grand celebration spanning nine days, taking centre stage across diverse locations in the heart of Mumbai.

Mumbai Festival 2024 : Tourism Conclave
Mumbai Festival 2024 : Tourism Conclave

The government is always keen to provide optimal facilities for tourists: Girish Mahajan, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra

With a mission to showcase the city’s cultural kaleidoscope, the Mumbai festival brings together a tapestry of events, performances, and experiences. Spearheaded by the dynamic Anand Mahindra, serving as the Chairperson of the Mumbai Festival Advisory Committee, the cultural phenomena aims to capture the essence of Mumbai’s rich heritage and spirit. This festival promises to become an iconic annual celebration, uniting communities and celebrating the vibrant cultural mosaic that defines the city of Mumbai.

The Directorate of Tourism (DoT), Government of Maharashtra, in association with Mumbai Festival 2024, showcased a dynamic Tourism Conclave, a pivotal segment of the cultural extravaganza, bringing together distinguished industry leaders, experts, and policymakers to delve into global tourism opportunities and deliberate on sustainable practices within the tourism sector. The Conclave featured substantive discussions, presentations, and networking sessions focused on the strategic development of Mumbai’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) sector, events, wedding industry, tourism, hotels, and venues.

The Conclave is an integral part of the festival, fostering a robust discussion on sustainable practices in the tourism industry. It underscored the city’s dedication to responsible travel and environmental conservation. The Mumbai Festival Tourism Conclave provided a crucial platform for policymakers, analysts, and industry leaders to explore the transformative potential of Mumbai’s tourism. Keynote speakers, such as Girish Mahajan, the Hon’ble Tourism Minister of Maharashtra, and Dia Mirza, Global Ambassador for the UNSDGs, highlighted the importance of sustainable tourism, aligning Mumbai’s objectives with global initiatives.

Esteemed participants, including Jayshree Bhoj, Dr B.N. Patil, and Shraddha Joshi Sharma, enriched the Mumbai Festival tourism Conclave with diverse perspectives, presenting an esteemed lineup of speakers representing various tourism industry sectors.

Sustainability advocates like Umit Bhatia of JLL and industry pioneers such as Prashant Pitti of EaseMyTrip shared insightful perspectives, collectively envisioning the future of Mumbai’s tourism. The discussions were further enhanced by contributions from leaders at renowned organisations, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation, PwC, Thomas Cook, IHCL, SOTC, and Sterling Holidays, reflecting a commitment to driving sustainable growth and innovation in Mumbai’s tourism landscape.

Girish Mahajan, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra
Girish Mahajan, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra

Girish Mahajan, the Hon’ble Tourism Minister of Maharashtra, said, “Reviving the Mumbai Festival in 2024 marks a significant step towards elevating Maharashtra’s tourism sector. With a 720 km coastline, forts, forests, mountains, and beaches, our state offers everything for a memorable experience. Tourism is pivotal in realising PM Modi’s vision of a 5 trillion economy by 2030. Furthermore, it emphasises the need for green and sustainable tourism, urging collective efforts to make Maharashtra the best global destination. Let’s prioritise cleanliness, convenience, and quality guiding systems to enhance the appeal of our motherland to international tourists.”

During her welcome address at Mumbai Festival, Jayashree Bhoj, Secretary of Tourism, Govt of Maharashtra, said, “Maharashtra is at the forefront of sustainable tourism, emphasising responsible practices and gender-inclusive policies. The state promotes sustainability through collaborations with international entities and innovative initiatives, such as all-women-run resorts, enhancing responsible tourism practices and experiences.

The commitment is evident through collaborations, green designs, and an upcoming policy underscoring our dedication to responsible and sustainable tourism. Join us in showcasing the diverse beauty of Mumbai and Maharashtra globally. Let’s make Maharashtra a beacon of tourism excellence, achievable only with your invaluable support.”

While addressing the event, Dia Mirza, Global Ambassador UN Secretary-General for the UNSDGs, said, “With the launch of the ‘Travel for LIFE’ program by the Ministry of Tourism on World Tourism Day, India takes a bold step towards sustainable tourism. By fostering awareness and encouraging mindful practices, we align tourism with nature, addressing the triple planetary crisis. Let us embrace this initiative, knowing that we can preserve our rich heritage and biodiversity through conscious choices and build a thriving, sustainable future for tourism and our planet. Together, we can turn the tide towards a harmonious coexistence with nature. The journey begins here in India, setting a positive example for the world.”

, Dia Mirza, Global Ambassador UN Secretary-General for the UNSDGs
Dia Mirza, Global Ambassador UN Secretary-General for the UNSDGs

While addressing the Tourism Conclave, Wiz Sabbas Joseph said, “Tomorrow’s Startup Challenge, led by the Minister of Tourism, marks a pivotal moment in the entrepreneurial landscape. With a funding of up to USD 500,000 investment for the winning startup, the event underscores India’s commitment to fostering innovation.

“As we celebrate 100 years of the Gateway of India, the festival highlights unsung heroes, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It’s a call for collective action, urging government, corporations, and celebrities to make sustainable strides, emphasising the urgency as we and the world lag behind the halfway mark in achieving these global goals.”

Dietmar Kielnhofer, General Manager and Area Vice President said, “I am thrilled to commemorate the remarkable 20-year journey of Grand Hyatt Mumbai. This milestone is a true reflection of our team’s unwavering dedication and the steadfast support of our cherished guests. As the favoured choice for luxury hospitality in Mumbai, we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to craft unforgettable experiences.”

He added, “In honouring this significant occasion, it brings me great joy to announce our collaboration with the inaugural Mumbai Festival, reinforcing our commitment to showcasing Mumbai as a premier destination. This partnership aims to amplify the city’s allure and highlight its cultural richness. We are excited about weaving the festival’s spirit into our celebrations, ensuring an even more memorable experience for our valued guests.”

Dr. B N Patil, Director, of the Directorate of Tourism, delivered the vote of thanks.

Key Highlights of the Tourism Conclave:

Global Perspectives: Industry leaders, including Girish Mahajan (Hon’ble Tourism Minister, Government of Maharashtra) and Jayshree Bhoj (Secretary-Tourism, Government of Maharashtra), shared insights on global tourism trends and opportunities.

Mission LiFE and ‘Travel for Life’: The Conclave aligned strategies with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) and the Tourism Ministry’s “Travel for Life” program, emphasising sustainable practices and responsible travel.

Collaboration and Growth: Discussions focused on fostering collaboration and growth within Mumbai’s MICE, events, wedding industry, tourism, hotels, and venues. The conference provided a vital platform for industry stakeholders to exchange ideas and explore new avenues.

The Mumbai Festival 2024 extends heartfelt gratitude to all participants, sponsors, and partners for contributing to the resounding success of the Tourism Conclave. The event’s triumph further underscores the festival’s dedication to promoting Mumbai as a vibrant and sustainable tourist destination.

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