Look­ing up to North East

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We re­cently con­cluded the East India Travel Awards in Guwahati, which was the first-of-its-kind event held in the city. The travel in­dus­try in the re­gion was ec­static to say the least and claimed it to be a big recog­ni­tion for the re­gion. Soon af­ter, Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try also or­gan­ised an avi­a­tion sem­i­nar for strength­en­ing ties be­tween the North East and BCLMV coun­tries (Bangladesh, Cam­bo­dia, Laos, Myan­mar, Viet­nam), which saw huge pres­ence from the big­wigs of the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, re­in­stat­ing the fact that the re­gion has huge po­ten­tial for growth in tourism, es­pe­cially with new air­ports and flights com­ing in. The sum­mer sea­son also saw a huge num­ber of do­mes­tic tourists flock­ing to the north-eastern des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Sikkim, Megha­laya and As­sam to dis­cover the var­i­ous of­fer­ings, es­pe­cially with new 4-star and 5-star prop­er­ties mak­ing a de­but in the re­gion. With in­fra­struc­ture and in­ter­est both paving the way for the North East, it cer­tainly may be touted as the next big thing.

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