Three-day long Destination North East organised by PHD Chamber & DoNER concludes World War Tourism, another area of interest for tourism in North East
1.87 lac visitors from the region visited "Destination North East" being organised by PHD Chamber and Ministry of DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) under the aegis of Govt of India, which concludes today. The last day witnessed a massive participation from locals and far places to have the glimpse of North East showcasing various features of the region in order to attract investments in Tourism, Skill Development, Food Processing, Handlooms and Handicrafts, Rural Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship and Microfinance, Horticulture and Floriculture, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Organic Farming and Bamboo Development. The astonishing feature of the event was the cultural display where tribal dances from all sister states applauded by all. Food festival featuring local ethnic cuisines were appreciated and savoured by visitors.
The valedictory session was dominated by Buyer and Sellers Meet focussing the tourism promotion in North East states. The session was well attended by delegates from North East Council, Ministry of Tourism, state tourism boards, hoteliers, tour operators and DoNER. In his address Mr. Gautam Chintey, Advisor (Banking, Industries & Tourism), North East Council, “North East is the home of 15 million people with 200 ethnic and tribal group with their warm hospitality serves an ideal platform of tourism. The region serves ample amount of option from religious circuits, wildlife, rivers cruises to round the year festivals and well supported by over 10 airports and expanding railway networks.
VS Kumaran, Assistant Director, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India informed ministry in order to sale North East Tourism has done five editions of International Travel Mart so far and has brought tremendous amount of interest from India and abroad. World War Tourism is one of the areas of interest amongst foreign tourists which provides relics and milestones from the chapters of World War II. Mr CK Das, Member, North East Council informed that 90 percent of the North East states are aligned with sensitive international borders and to ease the Inner Line Permit (IPL) formalities, states are making online provisions for the comfort of tourists.
In her remarks, Ms Madhu Pillai, Resident Director, PHD Chamber, Chandigarh she said the objective of the event to showcase North East as potential destination has met with everyone expectationsThose who also spoke on the occasion includes Mr. SN Pradhan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of DoNER, Mr. SL Meena, Joint Secretary, Ministry of DoNER, Ms Mercy E Pao, Director, DoNER