Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, an IAS officer of 1996 batch
Maharashtra cadre. Presently Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia
Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development
He is an ex-CEO of Maharashtra Maritime Board, Jaiin
more than 19 years of experience in responsible roles
spheres of management and administration, Jaiin
expertise in team, project leadership, administration
management. Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia talked in length
mission, vision and the pattern of its executive in
interview withwhispersinthecorridors.com Corporate
Vice President Abul Hasan
1. What is your USP?
Ans. : Maharashtra has beautiful coastline, pristine
maximum number of forts, caves, wildlife, adventure
night life, floatel, segway, etc.
2. MTDC has been involved in the development and
the various tourist locations of Maharashtra also
MTDC owns and
maintains resorts at all key tourist centres and
resorts is on the plan. Your comments?
Ans. : We are in the process of upgrading
resorts and improving the quality of service. We have
with Make My Trip for selling inventory and we are
with Club Mahindra for providing additional
activities at our
3. You were the part of Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Fadnavis team which recently visited Japan wherein
you did a
road show in Osaka. Can you elaborate about your
future prospective of this visit taking tourism
Maharashtra is concerned.
Ans. : Our road show received a overwhelming
stakeholders, tour operators, people from industry
participated in various activities. The people are
approachable. There is a curiosity for exploring
amongst Japanese. For the road show the India Tourism
Tokyo have offered strong support. About delegates
travel trade attended the event. This would
definitely help us
in attracting maximum tourists to our State.
4. What are your priorities? List few of them.
Ans. : Exploitation of beautiful water front of
Tie up with private players for mutual beneficial
providing seamless experience to tourists.
5. What is your vision?
Ans. : To have peaceful seamless travel to tourists.
6. Its general belief that Maharashtra is not
full potential as a tourist destination? As other
Rajasthan, Kerala, Goa, etc.
Ans. : Maharashtra has natural and manmade
abundance. We attract maximum number of foreign
India, approx. 24 percent. Tourists are happy to see
diversity of Maharashtra and hidden germs unexplored.
beautiful hills, pristine beaches, rich wildlife,
city life of Mumbai, rustic landscape of Vidarbha,
heritage of Ajanta-Ellora, maximum number of forts,
modern structures, history and a lot. We have
publicity plans to promote tourism across global.
This year our
major focus is to draw attention towards marketing of
concepts in tourism like eco-tourism, agri-tourism,
tourism, etc. Maharashtra is the third largest State
both in area and population. Our State is one of the
developed, socially, economically and culturally
States in India. With five world heritage sites in
Maharashtra frontlines the tourist attractions in the
Maharashtra has 720 km. long coastline along the lush
Konkan region. The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra
considerable tourism potential.
7. What fresh avenues of growth do you see in tourism
in Maharashtra? How would you be going about it?
Ans. : Maharashtra offers versatile tourism
from natural sites like lakes, beaches, hill
life sanctuaries alongwith manmade attractions like
caves, palaces, etc. We have a unique position in the
rock cut architecture, because of its peculiar rock
characteristics of Satpuda and Western Ghat.
Maharashtra has a
score of pilgrimage destinations, several hill
water reservoirs with semi evergreen and deciduous
found in Western Ghats and the Sahyadri mountain
Vidarbha region, northern part of Maharashtra,
forest. It is home to several wildlife sanctuaries
parks. The State abounds in natural and cultural
ranging from unspoiled beaches, forest, wildlife,
stations, ancient cave temples, forts, temples and
tradition of fairs and festivals. We also provide a
platform for fresh private investments in development
tourism in the State.
8. What are the different projects that you would
like to start
in order to generate more revenue for the State in
Ans. : MTDC has been on the international radar due
marketing initiatives and participation in the
market. We are developing projects of oceanarium and
diving in Sindhudurg. Last year we supported projects
air balloons in Panchgani, opened world class
centres in Ajanta and Ellora and many more projects
underway and at proposal stages including "Sudarshan
the lines of London Eye at Gorai and seaplane
Mumbai to Lonavala and Mumbai to Shirdi. With Kumbh
Nasik this year, we have also broken all the records
tourism in State, which was not the part of projected
9. There are many beaches, forts, historical caves in
Maharashtra, what are the steps being taken to
preserve them ?
and then market them?
Ans. : We have created a beautiful infrastructure in
Ellora caves which attracts the maximum number of
India. There are about 200 to 225 ASI protected
Maharashtra but due to protection, MTDC is not
allowed to do
certain activities that promote tourism facilities in
premises. Now we have entered into an agreement with
work together not only in Maharashtra but also the
India. On Elephanta Island, we are upgrading
including the jetty, shopping area, with a proposed
ropeway from the jetty to the caves.
10. If you have to market few hotspots as value for
tourist destination in Maharashtra? Then according to
be those places?
Ans. : Maharashtra is the capital of dreams and the
diversity stands proud and strong. MTDC ensures a
experience to its tourists by promoting vibrant and
land. Maharashtra offers adventure tourism in the
State. We are
blessed with striking Sahyadris with steep cliffs
waterfalls snaking their way through ridges, mist
forests, the frothy Arabian Sea along its western
have ensured best infrastructure in some remote areas
handed contracts to private parties to boost
Options like rock-climbing and trekking programmes at
near Lonavala, water sports at various lakes, aqua
Panshet and many more activities are offered in many
11. Infrastructure is cited as one of the limitations
Maharashtra that hinders tourism. How do you plan to
Ans. : It is a proven fact that Maharashtra is widely
considered as safe State for tourists to move around.
attract lakhs of tourists from across the world every
There are three international and five domestic
Maharashtra and they are well connected. Major
have excellent accessibility by roads, rail, water
and air. We
provide excellent world class amenities to our
ensuring they get high quality services while they
exploring our destination. We have range of
facilities from star category to budget hotels which
accessible for tourists.
12. What challenges you had faced initially
outside and how did you managed those challenges in
journey to success?
Ans. : I strongly believe in win win philosophy
zero. There are challenges and I have seen with
explanation and persuasion, all challenges can be
13. Who is your role model and why?
Ans. : "Mahaveer" as he taught us philosophy of
14. What pro-employees & officers initiatives have
you taken to
form a result oriented team.
Ans. : Given explosion through seminars and training.