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Northeast India a haven for tourists: Khehovi

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 24. (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/24/2020 10:24:21 AM IST

Advisor of Tourism and Arts & culture H. Khehovi Yeputhomi said the entire Northeast was an area of beauty and variety making it a haven for tourists, with the potential of making Northeast as one of the major hotspots for tourism in the world.

He said this while addressing the gathering as the guest of honour during the 1st Northeast tour operators meet organized by the department of Tourism, Nagaland, supported by North Eastern Council held at Eastgate Hotel Kohima on Monday.  

Yeputhomi said the purpose of this programme was to have better co-ordination and understanding, building relationship, promotion of Northeast state to outside world and doing business through B2B. Advisor said tourism was the largest single item of international trade today and benefits the local and state economy, creating employment for thousands of people. 

Highlighting about the tourism in India, Yeputhomi said it generated 9.2 % of India’s GDP in 2018 supporting 42.673 million jobs and it predicted to grow at the annual rate of 6.9 % by 2028, and thereby contributing up to 9.9 % of India’s GDP. Advisor reminded that tour operators play a key role in the tourism sector, as the image builders of a country and the success of many developed and developing nations.    

Director Tourism Nagaland Akhale Vizol in her address challenged the tour operators especially when it came to building trust and credibility, working with multiple system and lack of brand awareness. Vizol said the North East operators meet was organised to frame out a unique network tourism destination, discuss the roles and challenges and to bring a strong forum that will foster closer relationship thereby increasing the overall market in NE states.

Additional secretary Tourism, Martha R. Ritse in her address said the government of Nagaland, through its e-Governance initiative, was doing its best in facilitating the smooth and speedy approval of ILP to domestic tourists and to streamline and remove the hindrance to the tourism industry. In regard to protected Area permit (PAP), Ritse informed that with the withdrawal of PAP regime by the central government, for a certain period, Nagaland has witnessed a rising growth in the number of Foreign tourist inflow.

Advisor Northeast India Tour Operators (NEITO) Arijit Purkayastha in his address said NEITO objective was for placing North East India on the global tourism map, bringing all MOT approved tour operative of North East India under one umbrella to maintain uniformity of quality tourism service in the region. Representative from eight Northeaster states also addressed the gathering.

Earlier, programme was chaired by director Tourism Akhale Vizol, special traditional performance by Medolü Tetseo and Sezhokholü Veyie while vote of thanks proposed by addl. director Tourism Ajanuo Belho.  

Discussions were held on NE destination development through Niche tourism and others. On day-2, there would be familiarization tour of Kohima district.  


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