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Com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing tourism in the North East, Parvez De­wan, Sec­re­tary, MOT, said that he ex­pects FTAS to the North East to in­crease by 20%. De­wan also talked about mak­ing VOA schemes sim­pler and faster.

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“I don’t think there is any se­cu­rity prob­lem in the North East for tourists.

One or two in­ter­nal things be­tween some peo­ple

At the In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart, which was held in Guwahati be­tween Jan­uary 18-21, De­wan looked a happy man. And why not, the first- of- its- kind mart in North East In­dia took off with a great start, and De­wan cred­its the As­sam government for pulling off this feat. “They have done a fan­tas­tic job and the pri­vate sec­tor of As­sam has been really in­volved in this. The As­sam government has pulled out all stops, the ar­range­ments are mar­vel­lous, and all the 79 del­e­gates are very happy.”

Talk­ing to about the re­cep­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart, De­wan said, “Our ex­pec­ta­tions are that the 79 del­e­gates should go back and say ‘Wow, what a great place it is!’ This is what we are hop­ing for.” With in­sur­gency prob­lems plagu­ing the area, se­cu­rity is a ma­jor con­cern for the area. But De­wan says, does not mean there are se­cu­rity prob­lems for the tourists. Mi­zo­ram has had peace for 20 years, Na­ga­land for about 30 years, Sikkim has al­ways been peace­ful, As­sam is a great place to be in, and I don’t feel in­se­cure any­where.” And he def­i­nitely walks the talk as through­out the event, he was seen with­out any se­cu­rity around him. While the re­sult of the mart is some­thing that can­not be pre­dicted so soon; how­ever, De­wan ex­pects the for­eign tourist ar­rival in North East

Parvez De­wan Sec­re­tary, MOT

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