Mumbai, May 22 UNI | 2 months ago

In a major fillip to luxury tourism in the state, Maharashtra Tourism has brought the country's first floating hotel for the tourists.

The Floatel AB CELESTIAL was put open for the public after glimmering ceremony of the launch recently.

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has partnered with WB International Consultants and AB Hospitality who will be running the service to boost tourism in the state.

The Floatel will be docked at the Maharashtra Maritime Board's jetty at Bandra under the Bandra Worli Sea Link, with a 360 degree view of the Mumbai city & Sea Link.

The AB CELESTIAL is a professional state-of-the-art 3 tier luxury dinning Floatel with a sky deck, 2 galleys, and will have 2 multi cuisine restaurants including a club lounge equipped with a 24 hour coffee shop.

The overall capacity of this Floatel is focused at accommodating minimum of 660 guests.

Mr Chhagan Bhujbal, Tourism Minister of Maharashtra while inaugurating the Floatel said, ''The Floatel concept was conceived and spearheaded by Maharashtra State Government with numerous Government bodies involved to make this a reality and jewel in the crown of Maharashtra. Maharashtra receives maximum number of foreign tourists in India besides many domestic affluent tourists. This Floatel will certainly become a huge attraction for the tourists.'

Present during the ceremony were Mr J S Saharia, Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, Mr Sumit Mullick, Additional Chief Secretory, Government of Maharashtra, Mr Satish Soni, Joint Managing Director, MTDC and several other dignitaries from the state government.

(Posted on 22-05-2014)