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Nagaland observes World Tourism Day
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Sep. 2010 12:41 AM IST
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Nagaland parliamentary secretary for tourism Yitachu Monday said “Hornbill Festival” should just be an “additional package” to a year-round cultural event at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama in order to promote tourism industry in the state. He said that crores of rupees invested on Kisama would lose its purpose if the assets were used only for the seven day period of Hornbill festival.
Speaking on the occasion of “World Tourism Day” at Kisama on the theme “tourism and bio-diversity”, Yitachu urged tourism department, tourism association, government and stake holders to capture tourism market and initiate direct access of tourists to the state.
While mentioning that access of tourists to Nagaland was mostly through indirect entry from neighbouring states and agents, Yitachu questioned the works of tour guides and said it was a matter of serious concern.
Parliamentary secretary further said Nagaland should take advantage of its unique resources and promote it so as to attract tourists for the right reasons.
Further highlighting some of the shortcomings concerning lack of industrialization of tourism in the state, Yitachu said there was no assessment of revenues being generated as there was no system of income/wealth tax.
He, however, said Nagaland had resources that could make it a tourist hot spot and bring changes in better livelihood, economic prosperity and the like.
Stating that execution of policy along with people’s participation could bring positive changes, Yitachu said one should identify one’s own short fallings and rectify it so that change and progress could take place.
Speaking on significance of the theme, commissioner and secretary Tourism, I. Himato Zhimomi said that the theme “tourism and bio-diversity” was very apt for Nagaland since Nagaland’s major tourist attraction was its rich bio-diversity. Stressing the need to preserve and conserve bio-diversity in the land, Zhimomi challenged the department and stake holders to begin mass campaign on bio-diversity to the public, plant trees and take up “green-collar jobs”.
He also encouraged Nagas in villages to arrange home-stay for tourists as a part of employment under tourism department.
Tourism joint director K.T., Thomas, also speaking on the theme, said eco-tourism could be largely promoted which can bring in high revenue for the state. Earlier, welcome address was delivered by tourism deputy director, Zavi Nakhro. The world tourism day was jointly organized by the department of tourism and Nagaland tourism association.

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