Thursday, May 24, 2012

Northeast Tourism to Get a Stimulus

Though India is a popular holiday destination, the country’s north-eastern region still remains a relatively unexplored heaven that is replete with incredible natural marvels.

Addressing the issue, Northeast India has decided to unveil its hidden charms to the world around and is thus planning to roll out a master plan to improve its tour and travel industry.

The North Eastern Council (NEC) a nodal association for economic and social expansion of northeastern states like Sikkim has laid the plan in agreement with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which is likely to be implemented in the current 12th Five Year Plan period.

India’s Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has taken the initiative to propose this master plan to the ministry of tourism and respective state governments for implementation.

Union Ministry of Tourism reports show that there has been a growth of 6.9% in the number of international travellers booking tickets on flights to India and visiting northeastern region. Whereas, the frequency of domestic travellers visiting the region has grown by 8.09% in 2010.

Eco-tourism, culture and religion are the scoring points of the northeastern India and these are the ones that are likely to draw more number of travellers to look for airlines offering cheap flights to India to plan refreshing breaks here.

Presently, Sikkim is the winning horse in terms of tourism in the region. Experts believe that the success of Sikkim as a tourist hot spot is likely to motivate the underdeveloped tourism industry of other northeastern Indian states as well like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, etc.


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