‘Regular flight from NE to Bangkok from March’

GUWAHATI, FEB 10 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/10/2019 11:19:06 AM IST

North East region of India will get a regular flight service to and from Bangkok from March of this year. Suchitra Dural, India’s ambassador to Thailand in her address at the North East India Festival in Bangkok declared that regular flights between and Guwahati and Bangkok will begin from March onwards, The Shillong Times report stated,

The three-day festival which concluded on Sunday saw unprecedented participation by delegates from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, Thailand and NE India. 

The inaugural session on Friday was attended by Commerce Minister of Thailand Chutima Bunapraphasara who hailed the initiative to connect both the regions.

She declared that a team from Thailand will travel to the North East to explore trade and investment potential in the next six months.

Ambassadors of ASEAN countries besides industrialists of Thailand attended the inaugural day’s programme.

Advisor of Tourism and Art & Culture, Nagaland, H. Khehovi Yepthomi also delivered a speech at the inauguration dinner on February 8 (See more on page 3).

The festival was organized by socio cultural trust, Trend MMS and supported by various state governments of North East India and presented by Indian Embassy at Thailand and North Eastern Council, a statement issued on Sunday stated.

Union commerce and civil aviation minister, Suresh Prabhu, through a recorded speech, informed about India’s commitment and support for the Act East Policy and promised that regular flights will be initiated and special trade concessions offered. He also spoke about the North East flying sea planes soon in the river system of the region.

Nagaland’s advisor for Tourism, Arts and Culture, H. Khehovi Sema, additional chief secretary of Meghalaya, RV Suchiang; advisor to Manipur CM, Rajat Sethi and Lal Ro Dingi, in-charge of tourism and industries of North Eastern Council addressed the audience and invited the delagates and people in attendance to explore the North Eastern region of India.

Shyamkanu Mahanta, chief organiser of the festival, spoke on the potential of Northeast region, its geographical proximity with the ASEAN region and about developments in road and air connectivity ushering new hope in trade and tourism.

The highlights of the festival included among others dance forms of the Sumi Naga tribe, Manipuri Thang Ta, Dhol Chalam and Bagrumba, Tiwa, Bihu from Assam. 

Tea, cane and bamboo, ginger of the Northeast was showcased and state specific tourism pavilions were set up. Besides, fashion shows and musical performances by Zubeen Garg, Manipuri band, Featherhead, Pretty Rhythms of Nagaland, Minutes of Decay, etc. enthralled the audience.

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