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International Tourism Mart opens in Nagaland

Our correspondent
Kohima | November 27

A 9th three-day International Tourism Market (ITM) for the North East region under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of India with the Government of Nagaland as the host started here today.

Addressing the inaugural session here at State Banquet Hall, Ajay Bhatt, Minister of State for Tourism and Defense, the Indian government said Prime Minister Narendra Modi called from the Red Fort for everyone to come together. going to the northeast, it has immense tourism potential.

“The homely nature and the hospitality of the people here is second to none, which is what I experience myself,” he said.

Stating that tourism and culture complement each other, Bhatt said, “If our culture is rich, then tourism is the best way to know and understand this richness.

Bhatt added that in this Tourism Mart, we focus on domestic tourism.

About 75 sellers from the Northeast and about 50 buyers from the country participate in the Market.

“Many parts of this region are still untouched from a tourist perspective. There is enormous potential for border tourism and animal tourism, ”he added.

Bhatt added that this year 50 students from different parts of the country have had the opportunity to know and understand North East India through the program.

He also asked ambassadors from different countries to motivate tourists from their countries to visit this region of India.

“The Indian government is doing a lot of things for the development of tourism in the northeast. To prepare the infrastructure, the Indian government has authorized funds in the northeastern states under the “Swadesh Darshan” and “Prashad” programs. Under the “Swadesh Darshan” program, 16 projects have been approved in the northeast, they have been completed or are nearing completion, ”he said.

He called on state governments to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava with great enthusiasm.

Northeast region to become one of India’s favorite tourist and business destinations: Rio
Also addressing the assembly, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio expressed hope that Kohima’s International Tourism Mart will boost the tourism and business sector not only in Nagaland but across the North. is.

“We hope this event will bring together the fraternity of tourism businesses and entrepreneurs from the northeastern states; and that this will give a boost to the Nagaland sector as well as the whole of the North East, ”Rio said.

Rio said IMT 2021 is the right initiative of the Government of India’s Tourism Ministry to promote tourism in the northeast region, adding, “This rightly shows the great opportunity that the cultural richness and scenic beauty offer to the tourism sector “.

Rio hoped that the Northeast region would become one of India’s favorite tourist and shopping destinations.

According to a media account, he said the influx of tourists to the northeast region increased from 71.62 lakh in 2014-2015 to more than a crore of visitors in 2018-2019.

He hopes that the distinguished delegates to ITM will deliberate and come up with new ideas to fully exploit the tourism potential of the North East region.

“I am convinced that with the united and concerted efforts of the eight northeastern states and all the stakeholders that are part of this market, the tourism industry will receive the necessary boost,” he said. declared.

“Let us remember that tourism is not just about visiting and seeing new places. Tourism is about discovering a new culture, understanding the diversity of life and looking at the world with new eyes. The people of the North East region are more than willing to walk with the rapidly changing world towards progress – they now also welcome the world into spaces rich in their cultures and hearts, ”Rio added.

ITM – The Largest Travel Networking Event in the Northeast Region
Arvind Singh, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, said: “International Tourism Marts is the largest travel and tour networking event in the northeast region of the country.

The rich natural beauty, serenity and exotic flora and fauna of North East India are invaluable resources for the development of tourism, especially ecotourism.

He said the facilities for tourists to stay, for food, shopping and entertainment are improving dramatically.

Singh added that travel and tourism is one of the biggest economic sectors in the world, creating exports and prosperity around the world. The Indian tourism sector has become one of the main engines for the growth of the Indian economy.

The event was attended by the High Commissioner, Brunei Darussalam, High Commissioner, Malaysia, Ambassador Extra Ordinary, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Ambassador, The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, among other dignitaries and diplomats in attendance. Other senior officials from participating government departments / agencies will also be part of the event.

The three-day event will bring together over 300 delegates, including government officials, industry stakeholders and local attendees. In line with the Prime Minister’s vision of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat”, the delegation also includes students from all over the country who, on a study tour, will interact with local students and immerse themselves in the rich. heritage and culture of the region.

In addition to these, the event also includes presentations by state governments on their tourism potential and a dynamic exhibition of tourism departments of states in the Northeast region to showcase the tourism products of the respective participating states. Various engaging discussions on several aspects of tourism and tourism products unique to the North East region and their potential are also part of the event.

Signing of a memorandum of understanding for the operations of the SIHM in Dimapur
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the inaugural session between the Ministry of Tourism, the Government of Nagaland and the Business Promotion Council of India (TPCI) for the operations of the State Institute of Hotel Management in Dimapur. Earlier, the welcoming speech was delivered by H Khehovi Yeputhomi, Tourism, Art and Culture Advisor, Nagaland, while the vote-on votes were offered by Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, GoI.

Meanwhile, the session on the second day of November 28 at Naga Heritage Kisama will start from 9 a.m.

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