‘The Khonoma Experience’ held

‘The Khonoma Experience’ held
The Khinoma Experience was held with Advisor to Chief Minister, Abu Metha as the Special Guest at Terhotsiese, Khonoma on May 1. (DIPR)
Dimapur, May 1 | Publish Date: 5/1/2021 1:24:42 PM IST

 ‘The Khonoma Experience: Tourism Strategies for the New Millennium,’ an event initiated by the Dolhuni Dzüviu Golato (DDG), a group formed mainly for conservation of nature in Khonoma, was held at Terhotsiese, Khonoma on May 1. 

During the event the local community, all stakeholders and the State Government came together to deliberate, share and set strategies to make Khonoma village as one of the model village of tourism in Nagaland.

Khonoma village was declared as the first ‘Green Village,’ in the State and also the first in Asia, in 2005. It is the only village which conserves and preserves its flora and fauna in the whole village territory, which is first of its kind in Nagaland. 

Speaking as the special guest, advisor to Chief Minister, Abu Metha dubbed Khonoma village as the land that shaped the history of Nagaland and expressed gratitude to the village for producing many great sons and daughters of the land. He described the village a ‘historic and legendary village’ and added that the Naga history was written from it. Metha also applauded the various steps taken by the village and making Nagaland known to the rest of the country. The advisor also stressed on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector.

While calling for commercialization of tourism in Nagaland, Metha said that Hornbill Festival, which is being celebrated annually, has generated over Rs. 100 crore from an investment of Rs. 5 crore.  He also highlighted on experiential tourism where the tourists come not only to visit a place but to experience the way of life of the place. 

Speaking at the event, director, Tourism Department, Ajanuo Belho said that with COVID-19 immensely affecting the tourism industry, the government had adopted strategies for revival and sustenance of the industry.

With Khonoma village getting the highest number of tourists, Belho suggested that more facilities and personalised service could be provided by the village for higher revenue generation, and recommended increasing length of stay of tourists by offering activities to indulge in while in the village.

Kezhasezo Kenneth Punyü, who chaired the event narrated on how Khonoma village began the conservation of its natural flora and fauna not just for the benefit of the village but for the State as a whole. He also shared about the role played by the Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS) Trust, Khonoma Youth Organisation, Khonoma Students Union, the community and all stakeholders involved in the success of Khonoma becoming a top tourist destination in Nagaland. 

Earlier, welcome address was delivered by chairman, Village Council, Khonoma, Ratsavilie Vakha while advisor for TaFMA, Theja Meru delivered a short speech. A folk tune was delivered by the Phetsukiku Club, Khonoma.


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