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India To Sort Out Air Connectivity For North East India

For any tourism industry to strive in the modern world it needs a strategic air connectivity plan. The North East Indian region, includes eight states, is looking at ways to
07 Dec 2017 09:47
India To Sort Out Air Connectivity For North East India
Participants and delegation at the opening of the 6th International Travel Mart in Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, India on December 5. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

For any tourism industry to strive in the modern world it needs a strategic air connectivity plan.

The North East Indian region, includes eight states, is looking at ways to connect with the rest of the neighbouring countries.

Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) KJ Alphons during the opening of the 6th International Tourism Mart (ITM) at the Vivanta By Taj Hotel in Guwahati, Assam, India on December 5 said the Government of India will gladly provide assistance.

He said concerns raised regarding the direct air connectivity of the North-East India with the neighbouring countries will be taken up to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to improve the inflow of international tourists in the region.

He added that all concerns of the North East region, including its promotion as a safe tourist destination, will be a taken as a priority.

“India is blessed with so many varied tourism potentials whether it is geographical location, cuisines, textiles, varied cultures, ancient cultural heritages and it monuments.

“We have the capability to put India on the forefront in the field of tourism and for this, we need to realize the tourism potential of North Eastern States and need to work together,” he said.

Assam minister for Health, Hemanta Biswa Sarma said “It has a number of tourism sites which need to be converted into tourist destinations with better approach.”

A Safe Haven – NE Region

Dr Sarma added that the North Eastern States are very safe for tourists as there are hardly any news of crime.

“In the last three to four years there have been no reports, all have been in peaceful.

“We must fight the perception and we will go the long way,” he said.

He added that the new tourism policy will boost tourism sector in Assam.

Mart Will Harness Tourism

Potential

Governor of Assam  Jagdish Mukhi said that the International Tourism Mart will go a long way in harnessing tourism potential in the North Eastern States.

“This Mart is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the unique tourism treasures of North Eastern States. Keeping in view the Act East Policy of the Government, this platform will serve its purpose.

He said the Assam is very rich in ethnic and cultural diversity and people of Assam are always renowned with their hospitality.

Enforce New Tourism Policy

Chief Minister of Assam, Sarvanand Sonowal said, “Assam is a land blessed with many tourism potentials and the people of Assam are very warm and hospitable.

“Recently Assam Government has enacted the ‘New Tourism Policy’ which will facilitate the tourists and other stakeholders.

“Assam wants to grow without destroying our eco-system and tourism is the most potential sector.”

Chief Minister Uranchal Pradesh Pema Khandu was associated with the International Tourism Mart since 2013. S

“Connectivity and infrastructure are two problems which North Eastern States are facing,” he said.

He hoped that due to initiatives like International Tourism Mart, very soon tourist arrivals in North Eastern States will be increased substantially.

Engagement Of The Private Sector

Government of India Ministry of Tourism secretary Rashmi Verma said that the Foreign Tourists arrival in India is showing upward trend and there has been considerable increase in Foreign Currency also.

She said that the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is paying much attention on the promotion of tourism in North Eastern States.

She opined that there is a need to have better synergy with private sector.

The event is organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States and will end today.

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