TPCI and Nagaland government sign MoU for Dimapur hotel management institute

Kohima: A memorandum of understanding was signed on Saturday evening between the Ministry of Tourism, the government of Nagaland and the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) for the operation of the State Institute of Hotel Management in Dimapur, during the ceremony Inaugural of the 9th International Tourism Mart (ITM) for the Northeast region was held in the State Banquet Hall in Kohima.

According to the Tourism Ministry, the MoU will provide new avenues for the local Nagaland population and residents of the northeast.

The ITM, which will culminate on November 29, aims to showcase the region’s tourism potential in national and international markets. About 75 sellers from the Northeast and 50 buyers from across the country participate in the Mart, in addition to students from across the country.

Ajay Bhatt, Minister of State for Tourism and Defense, said there was a time when people were afraid to visit the northeast, but times have changed. In this regard, he reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for everyone to come to the North East as it has immense tourism potential.

“Many parts of this region are still untouched from a tourist point of view. There is enormous potential for border tourism and wildlife tourism, ”he said. While he insisted on the need to advance domestic tourism, Bhatt hoped people would connect and strengthen their ties with the region through the event.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said the event is expected to bring together the fraternity of tourism businesses and entrepreneurs from the northeastern states, and give the Nagaland sector and region a boost.

Rio said ITM is the ministry’s right initiative to promote tourism in the northeast. “This rightly shows the great opportunity that cultural richness and scenic beauty offer the tourism sector,” Rio said.

He went on to hope that the northeast region would become one of India’s favorite tourist and shopping destinations by highlighting how the influx of tourists to the northeast region increased from 71.62 lakh in attendance in 2014-2015 to more than 1 crore of visitors in 2018. -2019.

The CM encouraged participants to deliberate and come up with new ideas to fully exploit the tourism potential of the Northeast region, adding that with the united and concerted efforts of the eight northeastern states and all stakeholders , the tourism industry will receive the necessary boost.

Taking the opportunity, Rio also invited everyone to enjoy the beauty of Nagaland and be part of the Hornbill Festival celebrations. Speaking about the “festival of festivals”, he said that the mega festival provides an opportunity for the people of Nagaland to engage in a meaningful way with the rich cultures of various parts of the country and the world at one place in Kisama where the ITM is in progress. tenuous.

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Peter M. Doran