Po­lit­i­cal tur­moil ham­per­ing tourism in the East

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Tourism has been one of the pi­o­neer in­dus­tries in east­ern In­dia and also re­mains one of the major forms of liveli­hood for peo­ple. In the last few years, the num­ber of tourists to this re­gion has in­creased, thus reg­is­ter­ing pos­i­tive growth, feels Sandi­pan Ghosh, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, East­ern Mead­ows Tours. Iden­ti­fy­ing the chal­lenges in the in­dus­try in the East, Ghosh says, “One of the major prob­lems we face is the po­lit­i­cal tur­moil that en­gulfs this re­gion ev­ery 2- 3 years which needs to set­tle down for tourists to come here and feel safe. The sit­u­a­tion can get re­ally tense when the ag­i­ta­tion, es­pe­cially at Darjeeling takes place. That has been a major stum­bling block. There are other mi­nor is­sues that need to be set­tled like ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture in terms of roads and road­side ameni­ties for tourists so as to make the des­ti­na­tion more tourist friendly.” Best For­eign Ex­change Com­pany–Cen­trumDirect

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