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6th International Tourism Mart to Begin in Guwahati

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The 6th International Tourism Mart began in Guwahati to harness tourism potential in the North Eastern States, said Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam inaugurating the tourism mart. He said that this Mart is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the unique tourism treasures of North Eastern States. Keeping in view the Act East Policy of the Government, this platform will serve its purpose. He opined that the Assam is very rich in ethnic and cultural diversity and people of Assam are always renowned with their hospitality. He said that we need to exhibit the highest level of courtesy.
He said that connectivity and infrastructure are two problems which North Eastern States are facing. He hoped that due to initiatives like International Tourism Mart, very soon tourist arrivals in North Eastern States will be increased substantially.
The 6th International Tourism Mart has put the spotlight on India’s Act East Policy”, with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region, home to the worlds rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets.
Besides deliberations on promotion of tourism in the North East Region in general, keeping the objectives of the ”Act East Policy” in view, the panel discussions are focusing on promoting cultural ties, people-to-people contact with countries in the ASEAN region providing enhanced connectivity to the States of North Eastern Region with other countries in our neighborhood, thereby developing inter-regional tourism between the ASEAN and North East Region of India.
The ITM – 2017 has also seen an active participation by the Ministry of DONER to synergize the process of development of tourism of the North East Region.
This is the 6th International Tourism Mart and an annual event organised in the North Eastern region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region in the domestic and international markets. It brings together the tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from the eight North Eastern States. The event has been planned and scheduled to facilitate interaction between buyers, sellers, media, government agencies and other stakeholders.
The North East Region of India comprising the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, is endowed with diverse tourist attractions and products. The varied topography of the region, its flora and fauna, the ethnic communities with their rich heritage of ancient traditions and lifestyles, its festivals, arts and crafts, make it a holiday destination waiting to be explored.
Buyer and Media delegates from around the world and from different regions of the country are participating in the Mart and are engaged in one-to-one meetings with sellers from the North East Region. This has enabled the tourism product suppliers from the region to reach out to international and domestic buyers, with the objective of promoting tourism to the region, around 66 foreign delegates comprising of
Overwhelming response has been received for taking post-mart familiarization tours to the North Eastern states by foreign buyer delegates. This has created awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the North Eastern region and to give them a first-hand experience of the destination.

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