6th In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart to Be­gin in Guwa­hati

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“6th In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart” (ITM) will be­gin in Guwa­hati, As­sam. The Min­istry of Tourism, Govern­ment of In­dia, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the North Eastern States is or­ga­niz­ing this Mart from 5-7 De­cem­ber, 2017. Shri Jagdish Mukhi, Gover­nor of As­sam will in­au­gu­rate the Mart in the pres­ence of Shri Sar­bananda Sonowal, KJ. Alphons, Min­is­ter of State (I/C) for Tourism, Chief Min­is­ter As­sam, Union Tourism Sec­re­tary Smt. Rashmi Verma and other dig­ni­taries from Cen­tral Min­istries and North Eastern States. The 6th In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart, will put the spot­light on In­dia’s “Act East Policy”, blos­som­ing ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia re­gion, home to the world’s rapidly grow­ing economies and In­dia’s emerg­ing tourism mar­kets. Be­sides de­lib­er­a­tions on pro­mo­tion of tourism in the North East Re­gion in gen­eral, keep­ing the ob­jec­tives of the ''Act East Policy” in view, the panel dis­cus­sions will also fo­cus on pro­mot­ing cul­tural ties, peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tact with coun­tries in the ASEAN re­gion pro­vid­ing en­hanced con­nec­tiv­ity to the States of North Eastern Re­gion with other coun­tries in our neigh­bor­hood, thereby de­vel­op­ing in­ter-re­gional tourism be­tween the ASEAN and North East Re­gion of In­dia. The ITM - 2017 will also see an ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion by the Min­istry of DONER to syn­er­gize the process of de­vel­op­ment of tourism of the North East Re­gion. This is the 6th In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart and an an­nual event or­gan­ised in the North Eastern re­gion with the ob­jec­tive of high­light­ing the tourism po­ten­tial of the re­gion in the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. It brings to­gether the tourism busi­ness fra­ter­nity and en­trepreneurs from the eight North Eastern States. The event has been planned and sched­uled to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­ac­tion be­tween buy­ers, sell­ers, me­dia, Govern­ment agen­cies and other stake­hold­ers. The North East Re­gion of In­dia com­pris­ing the

states of Arunachal Pradesh, As­sam, Ma­nipur, Megha­laya, Mi­zo­ram, Na­ga­land, Tripura and Sikkim, is en­dowed with di­verse tourist at­trac­tions and prod­ucts. The var­ied to­pog­ra­phy of the re­gion, its flora and fauna, the eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties with their rich her­itage of an­cient tra­di­tions and life­styles, its fes­ti­vals, arts and crafts, make it a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion wait­ing to be ex­plored. Buyer and Me­dia del­e­gates from around the world and from dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mart and will en­gage in oneto-one meet­ings with sell­ers from the North East Re­gion. This will en­able the tourism prod­uct sup­pli­ers from the re­gion to reach out to in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic buy­ers, with the ob­jec­tive of pro­mot­ing tourism to the re­gion, around 66 for­eign del­e­gates com­pris­ing of stake­hold­ers and me­dia per­sons from over 29 coun­tries namely Aus­tralia, Bhutan, Brunei, Canada, China, Com­bo­dia, Cyprus, Fiji, Ger­many, In­done­sia, Italy, Ja­pan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myan­mar, Nepal, Nether­lands, Philip­pines, Por­tu­gal, Singapore, Spain, Tan­za­nia, Thailand, USA, UK, Viet­nam, Turkey, South Korea. Be­sides the for­eign del­e­gates, 50 do­mes­tic stake­hold­ers in Tourism sec­tor from other parts of the coun­try and 103 sell­ers from the North Eastern States are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mart. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of State Tourism Depart­ments of these North East States will also be present to show­case their tourism des­ti­na­tions and to in­ter­act with the del­e­gates. In­ter­na­tional buy­ers and me­dia del­e­gates from coun­tries around the world and from dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mart. They will be en­gag­ing in busi­ness-to-busi­ness meet­ings with sell­ers from the North Eastern Re­gion. In ad­di­tion to these the three­day event also in­cludes pre­sen­ta­tions by state gov­ern­ments on their tourism po­ten­tial, cul­tural evenings, sight­see­ing vis­its to lo­cal at­trac­tions in and around Guwa­hati and a press meet­ing on 6th De­cem­ber 2017. An ex­hi­bi­tion by State Tourism Depart­ments from the North Eastern States in­clud­ing dis­play of beau­ti­ful hand­i­crafts and hand­looms is also be­ing or­gan­ised to show case the tourism prod­ucts of re­spec­tive par­tic­i­pat­ing States. Over­whelm­ing re­sponse has been re­ceived for taking post-mart fa­mil­iari­sa­tion tours to the North Eastern states by for­eign buyer del­e­gates. This will cre­ate aware­ness about the rich and var­ied tourism prod­ucts of the North Eastern re­gion and to give them a first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the des­ti­na­tion. The In­ter­na­tional Tourism Marts are or­gan­ised in the North Eastern States on ro­ta­tion ba­sis. The ear­lier edi­tions of this mart have been held in Guwa­hati, Tawang, Shil­long, Gang­tok and Im­phal.

Shri K.J. Alphons re­quests all Chief Min­is­ters to put in place a Pro­to­col so that in Fu­ture tragic in­ci­dents of boat mishap do not take place

Shri K. J. Alphons, Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent charge) for Tourism ex­pressed deep con­cern at the tragic death of 21 tourists in a boat mishap in the Kr­ishna river in Andhra Pradesh. He has re­quested the Chief Min­is­ters of the States and Lt. Gover­nors/ Ad­min­is­tra­tors of the UTs to put in place a pro­to­col so that in fu­ture such in­ci­dents do not take place. In a let­ter to the Chief Min­is­ters of all the States and Lt. Gover­nors/ Ad­min­is­tra­tors of the Union Ter­ri­to­ries, the Min­is­ter ex­pressed his as­ton­ish­ment at the fact that the boat in which the tourist were fer­ried had no li­cense and the boat was over­crowded be­yond the ca­pac­ity and had no se­cu­rity equip­ments like life jack­ets, etc on board, which is gross vi­o­la­tion of ba­sic stip­u­la­tions.

Shri K.J. Alphons ex­presses deep con­cern at tragic death of 21 tourists in a boat mishap in Kr­ishna River in Andhra Pradesh

Shri K. J. Alphons, Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent charge) for Tourism ex­pressed deep con­cern at the tragic death of 21 tourists in a boat mishap in the Kr­ishna River in Andhra Pradesh. In a let­ter to the Chief Min­is­ters of all the States and Lt. Gover­nors/ Ad­min­is­tra­tors of the Union Ter­ri­to­ries, the Min­is­ter ex­pressed his as­ton­ish­ment at the fact that the boat in which the tourist were fer­ried had no li­cense and the boat was over­crowded be­yond the ca­pac­ity and had no se­cu­rity equip­ments like life jack­ets, etc on board, which is gross vi­o­la­tion of ba­sic stip­u­la­tions. He has re­quested the Chief Min­is­ters of the States and Lt. Gover­nors/ Ad­min­is­tra­tors of the UTs to put in place a pro­to­col so that in fu­ture such in­ci­dents do not take place.

Shri Jagdish Mukhi, Gover­nor of As­sam

NAREN­DRA MODI PRIME MIN­IS­TER

Shri K. J. Alphons, Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent charge) for Tourism

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