NEC meet on tourism development held

SHILLONG, Feb 13: The North Eastern Council (NEC) here in Meghalaya recently organised a consultative meet on the development of the tourism sector, with focus on identifying areas that require attention.
Addressing major tourism practitioners in the NE region, NEC Secretary K Moses Chalai highlighted how the council and the Centre have initiated a slew of measures to enhance the image of the region as a “great tourism destination,” and emphasized on taking constructive steps to increase the number of local as well as international tourists.
The meet deliberated the tourism sector’s potential and various problems – including marketing platform – requiring redress, in order to help tourism become a catalyst of economic growth and employment generation in the region.
The need of an exclusive ‘Northeast tourism policy’ was also discussed, besides professional training of tourist guides to ensure the convenience of local and international tourists.
The NEC secretary requested all the stakeholders to work together to resolve issues and take forward the commitment to develop the tourism sector.
He said “the need of the hour is for a collective effort to improve connectivity and provide convenience to the tourists, to ultimately create the right ambience for the growth of tourism.”
Representatives of the World Bank spoke about tourism in India, and gave specific inputs for improving the tourism sector in the Northeast.
The meeting was attended by, among others, NEC members Prof Biman Kr Dutta and Air Marshal Anjan Kumar Gogoi.