MP bags ‘Sanctuary Asia Award’ for wildlife tourism

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has been honored with the Sanctuary Asia Award for “The Best Sustainable Wildlife Tourism State” at the Tough Tigers Wildlife Tourism Awards in New Delhi. Madhya Pradesh has been awarded for its outstanding performance in Nature, Tourism, Industry, Sustainable Practices and Responsible Tourism in the Indian Subcontinent.

Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture and Managing Director Tourism Board, Shri Shiv Shekhar Shukla expressed happiness over the honor and said that Madhya Pradesh is the Tiger State of the country and tourists from all over the world come to the national parks here to see tigers. Along with increasing the number of tourists in the state, it is also the responsibility of the Board to reduce the negative impact on the environment. Therefore, various efforts are being made like eco-friendly homestays, waste management, creating awareness among tourists around the forest areas.

Presentation based on tourism

At the function, a short film based on various tourism destinations and products of the state was screened by Madhya Pradesh Tourism. Through audio-visual presentation, information based on various historical, natural, spiritual, folk and craft arts and wildlife tourism of Madhya Pradesh was shared. ‘Madhya Pradesh’, the heart of Incredible India, was portrayed as an attractive and ideal destination to visit. The state boasts of spirituality, natural splendor, wildlife and cultural aura, which overwhelms the tourists. Deputy Director Mr. Yuvraj Padole received this award on behalf of the Tourism Board.

Tiger, Cheetah and Leopard State

Madhya Pradesh is a rich state in terms of wildlife. With 12 national parks and 24 wildlife sanctuaries, it is rich in natural resources such as various plants, animals and birds. Madhya Pradesh has the distinction of being the ‘Tiger State of India’ because it has the highest number of tigers in the country. There are currently 785 tigers in MP. Madhya Pradesh is known as ‘Tiger State of India’. Along with this, the state also has the distinction of ‘Leopard State’ and ‘Gharial State’. Due to arrival of cheetahs in Kuno National Park, this state has been recognized as Cheetah State.

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