The three-day Tourism Annual Conference on “Theme 2017: Tourist Friendly Arunachal” organised by the Department of Tourism concluded at a simple yet impressive valedictory function on Friday at Directorate of Tourism which was attended by Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein as Chief Guest.
Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein congratulated the organizers and the stakeholders for their efforts towards such deliberation which is the need of the hour to make Arunachal tourists friendly. He called upon all to tap the tourism potential of the State and said that tourism promotion strategy are required to be developed by the department.
He said tourism industry can be the major source of revenue as well as employment generation and enunciated that Tourism is one of the competencies of the state as our state is endowed with vast cultural diversity because of which each tourist spot can be developed according to its unique qualities.
Mein said that this year’s budget by the state government mainly focussed on development of Tourism and improvement of Health Sector which was appreciated by all. The agriculture and horticulture sectors of the State have also potential to be developed for which opportunities must be created, explored and harness.
He urged upon the need of infrastructure development for the tourists and advocated the importance of a clear marketing strategy.
While highlighting the role of tourism in providing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, he called upon the stakeholders and members of APTOA to develop innovative idea and in the side-line, go for promoting the rich handloom and handicraft of every tribes to the tourist. He also urged for preparing a roadmap for developing the handicraft & handloom centres in every important strategic location.
Parliamentary Secretary Tourism, P D Sona while extending his gratitude to Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister for giving special focus on tourism with enhanced budget, elaborated on the outline of the initiatives that has been undertaken by the government for the promotion of Tourism sector. He also expressed hope that the outcome of the 3-day conference will come up beautifully in the state and give fillip to the tourism indiustry. He informed that his department through this conference wanted all the stakeholders get in and come together for framing the tourism policy and rules for the trade act and to discuss important issues related to the department.
Secretary Tourism, Joram Beda highlighted on the three-day conference and informed that through this conference the department has tried to explore a number of key themes including sustainable tourism industry development, promotion of innovative energy initiatives and how to best ensure the conservation, preservation and protection of natural environment which remained a priority and on the most important formulation of annual action plan of the department.