The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) and Electronics &Information Technology, Alphons Kannanthanam presenting a memento to the Governor of Assam,  Jagdish Mukhi, at the 6th International Tourism Mart 2017, in Guwahati on December 05, 2017 in presence of  
Chief Minister of Assam,  Sarbananda Sonowal and other dignitaries.
The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) and Electronics &Information Technology, Alphons Kannanthanam presenting a memento to the Governor of Assam, Jagdish Mukhi, at the 6th International Tourism Mart 2017, in Guwahati on December 05, 2017 in presence of Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal and other dignitaries.

Quotes from ‘6th International Tourism Mart-2017’ underway @ Guwahati

Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam inaugurated the “6th International Tourism Mart (ITM) -2017” in the presence of  Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister Assam, Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, K.J. Alphons, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Hemanta Biswa Sarma, Minister for Tourism of Assam, Union Tourism Secretary  Rashmi Verma, V.K. Pipersenia, Chief Secretary of Assam and other dignitaries from Central Ministries and North Eastern States in Guwahati, Assam on 5 September 2017.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States has organised this Mart from 5-7 December, 2017. Delivering inaugural address, Jagdish Mukhi extended his greetings to all participants and said that this International Tourism Mart will go a long way in harnessing tourism potential in the North Eastern States. 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 conveyed his best wishes for the success of the 6th International Tourism Mart-2017.

Sarvanand Sonowal in his address said that the Assam is a land blessed with many tourism potentials and the people of Assam are very warm and hospitable. He said that recently Assam Government has enacted the ‘New Tourism Policy’ which will facilitate the tourists and other stakeholders. He said that ‘Once you visit Assam, it will steal forever’. Assam want to grow without destroying our eco-system and tourism is the most potential sector in Assam.

Addressing on the occasion, Pema Khandu said that he was associated with the International Tourism Mart since 2013 when he was the Tourism Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Then he proposed to organise International Tourism Mart in Arunachal Pradesh and subsequently Second International Tourism Mart was held in the beautiful city of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. 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.

K.J. Alphons in his address said that India is blessed with so many varied tourism potentials whether it is geographical position or its cuisines or its textiles or its varied cultures or its ancient cultural heritages and monuments. He opined that the North Eastern India is the most beautiful place under the Sun. He said that we have the capability to put India on the forefront in the field of tourism and for this we need to realize the tourism potential of North Eastern States and need to work together.

In his address, Hemanta Biswa Sarma said that this is the biggest tourism and travel industry Mart in North Eastern States and North East region has a number of tourism sites which need to be converted in to tourist destinations with better approach. He said that North Eastern States are very safe for tourists as there are hardly any news of crime against them. He said that the new tourism policy will boost tourism sector in Assam.

In her address, Rashmi Verma said that the Foreign Tourists arrival in India is showing upward trend and there has been considerable increase in Foreign Currency also. She said that the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is paying much attention on the promotion of tourism in North Eastern States of the country. She opined that there is a need to have better synergy with private sector. She suggested that the North Eastern States should regularly participate in road shows in foreign countries.

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