6th International Tourism Mart starts Tourism Mart to add momentum to tourism growth of North East: ASSAM cm Sonowal
By Bhupen GoswamiGUWAHATI :The 6th International Tourism Mart got off to a colourful start when ...
By Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI :The 6th International Tourism Mart got off to a colourful start when Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi lit the ceremonial lamp at a city hotel this evening to mark the beginning of the three day event to showcase the tourism potential of the region. It may be noted that the Tourism Mart in Guwahati witnessed the presence of about 66 travel writers, decision makers and tour operators from 29 countries and more than hundred buyers and sellers of tourism products from various parts of the country are also participating. Inaugurating the mart Governor Prof Mukhi said that the tourism mart is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the tourism sector of North East across the country and outside. The mart will definitely open doors to unlimited opportunities for everyone to explore "Awesome Assam" which is blessed with myriad and unexplored destinations. He also said that keeping in mind the "Act East Policy" in view; this tourism mart is a wonderful platform in developing inter-regional tourism between the ASEAN and North Eastern Region of India as well as with BIMSTEC countries. He also stated that this mart should be fully utilised to promote the state. Reminding the youths of the region that ignorance and impolite act with tourists could adversely affect tourism which would in return lead to unemployment and have a negative impact on the state's economy, he said, "We need to exhibit the highest level of hospitability and courtesy to sustain our tourism potential maintain our tradition that Atithi Devo Bhavo". Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while drawing broad canvas of Assam Tourism before the delegates said that Assam is a land where the biggest Shakti Peeth, Kamakhya, is located; where the Poa Makka and the Haygrib Madhab Temple exist harmoniously side by side since ages. He said that Government of Assam is working resolutely to create infrastructure at places of worship with various religious denominations including Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Jains. Sonowal also said, "State Government is well aware of the potential of promoting adventure tourism in the state and we are therefore working the development of a large eco-tourism and adventure tourism circuit that will encompass the cleanest village in Assam, the beautiful hill areas in the state including the spectacular Umrangshu Lake and the river Brahmaputra, among others". Stating that Assam possesses immense potential for Tea and Golf Tourism, Sonowal said that the fact that Tea Tourism and Golf are of immense interest to a lot of people from across the globe his government is working on tie-ups with tea planters' clubs across the state to present complete infrastructure for tea and golf tourism. Chief Minister Sonowal said, "International Tourism Mart is a journey which will help us to grow", adding he said, "this will help to discover Assam and help the state to take the path of development of course without affecting the ecology of our State". He said that North East is a treasure trove of organic resources and referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reiteration of transforming the region as an organic hub, Sonowal said that the ongoing international tourism mart would help the region to present its organic resources and project the region as an organic hub. Sonowal also said that the international tourism mart organised in the back drop of Act East Policy would add vibrancy to the momentum of growth of Assam and other North Eastern States. Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism K.J. Alphons while speaking on the occasion said that North East is the most beautiful place under the earth as he expressed his commitment to bring the rate of development of north east tourism at par with other developed regions of the country. He also said that all the north eastern states should work together to elevate north east to a new height and his ministry would give all possible support for a thriving tourism industry in the region. Minister of Health, Tourism etc Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma while speaking on the occasion drew the attention of the Union Tourism Minister and sought his ministry's help to take tangible steps in changing perception of the world towards North East and starting flight services between North East and other countries to give tourism potential of the region a boost. The Union tourism Minister assured to look into the matter positively. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu also spoke on the occasion.
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