Chief Minister Pema Khandu while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 6th International Tourism Mart (ITM) held here at Taj Vivanta, appealed the foreign delegates and domestic stakeholders to visit Arunachal and other Northeastern states for its rich cultural diversity, natural beauty and its rich biodiversity.
Assam’s Governor Jagdish Mukhi inaugurated the Mart. It is being organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India in association with the Northeastern states. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, MoS Tourism KJ Alphons and Tourism Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma were among other dignitaries that participated in the meet.
The Chief Minsietr said Northeast may be lacking in development but has rich cultural diversity and many other things to offer. He said the outlook of Northeast is changing fast and investors and visitors are making frequent visit to this place in higher numbers.
He said in coming days Arunachal is going to have good connectivity in terms of road, air, rail and digital. He said with blessings from PM Narendra Modi, the state capital has got rail connectivity and Shatabdi express too. Further survey and investigation for railway connectivity along the foothills and even upto higher reaches, such as, Tawang has also been started.
Also in air connectivity, six ALGS have been completed in my tenure, said the Chief Minister. He said soon many of these airfields will have fixed-wing services and hoped to see scheduled flights to Guwahati. He also said an airport for state capital is also being fast materialised.
The Chief Minister thanked the Govt of India for organizing the ITM, which is being organized on a rotation basis. He said after the second meet was held in Tawang in 2013, the state has seen great increase in tourist inflow.
66 foreign delegates comprising stakeholders and media persons from 29 countries and 50 domestic stakeholders in tourism sector from different parts of the country are participating in the 3-day event.
The mart aims to put emphasis on India’s Act East Policy, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asian region. Also it aims to create awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the Northeastern region in the domestic and international markets.