ITM paves way for the North East

At the in­au­gu­ral of the 2nd edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart (ITM) in Tawang on Oct 18, Arunachal Pradesh (AP) CM Nabam Tuki said that they are in talks for a pro­posed high­way con­nect­ing AP with SE Asian coun­tries.

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The North East is a ‘Par­adise Un­ex­plored’. With th­ese words, Tuki opened the 2nd In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart (ITM) at Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh on Oc­to­ber 18. Tuki said that the North East has a huge tourism po­ten­tial that is yet to be tapped. He said that top pri­or­ity is to be given to pro­mot­ing tourism sec­tor as it also has great po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate self em­ploy­ment, while en­rich­ing the state ex­che­quer. Tuki said that the re­gion is a trea­sure trove of nat­u­ral beauty in­hab­ited by over 150 ma­jor and mi­nor tribes with their rich cul­ture, art and crafts and tribal cuisines which of­fer huge scope for the growth of tourism.

Tuki also in­formed that they are in talks with the Cen­tre for a pro­posed high­way through the Stillwell road con­nect­ing Arunachal Pradesh with South East Asian coun­tries. Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ral func­tion of the sec­ond edi­tion of three-day In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart, the Chief Min­is­ter said the

Hold­ing of the ITM re­flected the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to pro­mote tourism in North East In­dia, in AP and Tawang in par­tic­u­lar

high­way will her­ald growth of in­ter­na­tional trade and tourism and be a har­bin­ger of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions among the na­tions of South East Asia and North East In­dia.

Parvez De­wan, Sec­re­tary, MOT said that hold­ing of the ITM in Tawang re­flected the com­mit­ment of the gov­ern­ment to pro­mote tourism in North­east In­dia, and in Arunachal Pradesh and Tawang in par­tic­u­lar. De­wan said that In­dia records 105 crore do­mes­tic tourists and 65 lakh for­eign tourists an­nu­ally, yield­ing a rev­enue of US$ 18 bil­lion from for­eign­ers, which amounted to 6.5 per cent of the na­tional GDP, be­sides gen­er­at­ing about 10% di­rect or in­di­rect em­ploy­ment.

Later, the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter in­au­gu­rated an ex­hi­bi­tion in which the nine par­tic­i­pat­ing states - Arunachal Pradesh,

As­sam, Ma­nipur, Megha­laya, Mi­zo­ram, Na­ga­land, Tripura and Sikkim and West Ben­gal - show­cased their tourist po­ten­tial, tra­di­tional, cul­tural, art and craft unique­ness. The Sikkim Tourism Min­is­ter

Bhim Dhun­gel, Na­ga­land Tourism Min­is­ter EE

Pangteang, Arunachal's Tourism Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary PD Sona, Art and Cul­ture Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Tse­wang Dhondup and Karmik and Ad­hy­at­mik Af­fairs depart­ment chair­man

TG Rin­poche and top rank­ing of­fi­cers were present on the oc­ca­sion. The in­au­gu­ral func­tion was fol­lowed by a Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion of nine par­tic­i­pat­ing states to high­light their re­spec­tive tourism scope.

The state is in talks with the Cen­tre for a pro­posed high­way through the Stillwell road con­nect­ing AP with South East Asian coun­tries

Nabam Tuki

CM, Arunachal Pradesh

This is the sec­ond In­ter­na­tional Tourism Mart to be 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 North­east­ern States of In­dia and West Ben­gal. The event has been planned and sched­uled to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­ac­tion be­tween buy­ers, sell­ers, me­dia, Gov­ern­ment agen­cies and oth­ers.

Be­sides the for­eign del­e­gates, do­mes­tic buy­ers from other parts of the coun­try and sell­ers from the North East­ern States and West Ben­gal also par­tic­i­pated in the Mart. In ad­di­tion to the busi­ness meet­ings, the three­day event in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions, cul­tural evenings and vis­its to lo­cal at­trac­tions in and around Tawang.

Post-Mart fa­mil­iari­sa­tion tours to the states in the re­gion were ar­ranged by the State Gov­ern­ments for the over­seas del­e­gates from Oc­to­ber 21-27. For­eign del­e­gates from Aus­tralia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, France, Ger­many, In­done­sia, Italy, Ja­pan, Myan­mar, Nor­way, Oman, Philip­pines, Rus­sia, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, UK, USA and Viet­nam par­tic­i­pated at the ITM.

Parvez De­wan

Sec­re­tary, MOT

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