Peace a pre-requisite for Tourism Development : Chief Minister

PERE, Sept 27: Peace is definitely a pre-requisite among other things for development of Tourism Industry in the state, said Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang while giving a speech as the Chief Guest on 27th September, 2015 during the observation of UNWTO World Tourism Day, 2015 at Peren District Headquarter. Everyone has a role to play he added and queried, when 60 MLA’s of the state can come together for peace settlement, why prolong it. The basic means for development is always peace. And when Nagaland is peaceful in toto definitely tourists and other world would be attracted, he said. He cited the example of sikkim which attracted highest number of tourists in the northeastern states solely because of the peaceful situation in the state.

Nagaland with all the uniqueness of its cultures and diverse traditions, beauty of landscape, flora and Fauna have the potentials to attract worldwide tourists, he said, but reminded that this alone cannot prosper tourism. The Chief Minister went on to say that preservation and of  local and communities awareness is another factor for preservation of these assets, to prolong and develop tourism.

The Theme ‘One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities’ is intended to focus on the transformative potential of one billion tourists, its effect on creation of employment opportunities, and on the economy of the country. These billion tourists have made tourism a leading economic sector, contributing 10% of the Global GDP and 6% of the World’s total exports, he said.

Finally, he impressed the gathering to coin their own goal in the context of this year’s World Tourism Day, instead of speaking in terms of billions, lets us say ‘One Lakh Tourists and One Lakh Opportunities’ and manage the tourists inflow into Nagaland throughout the year and not only during Hornbill festival, taking the advantages of each festival each month occurring throughout the year.

Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, C. Apok Jamir who was the guest of honor also gave a brief speech. He said Nagaland is one state which needs to harness and focus on tourism, because we do not have any industry of repute for employment, development and economic activity. He also added that, the saturating point is to tap the resources that is before us. Half of our efforts would be won if congenial, peaceful and tranquil atmosphere prevails.

Secretary, Tourism & Art and Culture, Angau I. Thou in her keynote address stated that, this year’s world Tourism Day is an opportunity to make tourism a true instrument of opportunity and inclusion. She also highlighted that, Union Ministry of Tourism has launched Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD Schemes integrated development of theme based circuits has been taken up for holistic & inclusive development which can provide engaging and complete tourism experience to both domestic budget tourists and foreign tourists. She also said that in addition to making Nagaland a more hospitable place to visit, we have to offer places which are not available in any other places of India.

The programme was chaired by Deputy Commisioner, Peren, Peter Lichamo. Tourism awareness was also created through speech competition from school children, which was won by Miss. Thonsiliu Panmei. Host of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs also attended the programme.

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