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CM highlights NE’s diversity, beauty in ITM
GUWAHATI, Dec 5: Chief minister Pema Khandu today appealed to foreign and domestic stakeholder in tourism sector to visit Arunachal and other Northeastern states for its rich cultural diversity, natural beauty and rich biodiversity.
Addressing participants during the inaugural function of the 6th International Tourism Mart (ITM) at Guwahati today, the chief minister said Northeast may be lacking in development but has rich cultural diversity and many other things to offer.
The outlook of Northeast is changing fast and investors and visitors are making frequent visit to this place in higher numbers, he said.
Khandu said in coming days Arunachal is going to have good connectivity in terms of road, air, rail and digital. He said with blessings from Prime Minister 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.
In air connectivity, six ALGS have been completed in my tenure, said the chief minister.
Soon many of these airfields will have fixed-wing services and hoped to see scheduled flights to Guwahati, he said adding that an airport for state capital is also being fast-tracked.
The chief minister thanked the government of India for organizing the ITM, which is being organized on a rotation basis.
After the second meet was held in Tawang in 2013, the state has seen great increase in tourist inflow, Khandu claimed.
More than 60 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. It also aims to create awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the Northeastern region in the domestic and international markets.
The ITM being organized by the Union ministry of tourism in association with the Northeastern states was inaugurated by Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi.