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M’laya CM for re-strategizing tourism during pandemic

Correspondent SHILLONG, SEP 28 | Publish Date: 9/28/2020 12:42:56 PM IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conad Sangma on Monday stressed on the need to re-strategize tourism in Meghalaya in the background of the challenges and opportunities that the COVID pandemic has created.

Delivering his address on the second day of the ongoing ‘Destination North East 2020’, a mega online event under the theme “Emerging Delightful Destinations”, Sangma thanked the Union ministry of DoNER for organizing the event and highlighted the importance and potential of tourism in North East Region.

He spoke on direct and indirect benefits of tourism in Meghalaya in terms of revenue earned, employment created and livelihood generated.

“Eco tourism being the forte of Meghalaya, there is a need for better packaging, linking Shillong Airport to Delhi and other metros and investing in Unique Selling Points to attract a potential 26 million high value Indian foreign going tourists who are now likely to turn towards North East region,” he emphasized.

 He also stressed the need for attracting capital, government funding and public private partnership.

“There is a need to create security and safety for both locals and tourists in the era of COVID,” he underscored and assured that the Meghalaya government is taking all possible measures to implement the health protocols seriously.

Biman Kumar Dutta, member of North Eastern Council (NEC), highlighted about the tourism potentials of North East Region, rich biodiversity hotspots, historical and religious places and other important tourist attractions like tea estates, scenically beautiful places and historical monuments besides the hospitality of people of the North East.

 

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