DIMAPUR, Sept 28 - Nagaland Governor PB Acharya stated that tourism is the best way to promote emotional and national integration and also to boost economy.
In his message on World Tourism Day observed yesterday, the Governor appealed to all the stakeholders, NGOs, civil society, etc., to promote tourism in Nagaland to make it the first preferred State for tourism.
Acharya asserted that Nagaland can promote tourism in the State by making use of available infrastructure, amenities, etc., while underling the need to encourage more interaction between people of Nagaland and other parts of India.
�Nagaland has rich natural and cultural heritage which can be exploited to promote tourism in the State and create avenues for generating revenue and employment for the youths and the State,� the Governor said
Acharya also stressed that people coming from outside the State should be encouraged to avail home stay. �We should promote our tourism potential in a big way by dissemination of natural beauty of the State, flora and fauna and cultural richness of Nagaland through both print and electronic media so as to attract more and more people from within the country and abroad,� he stated.
Calling for having travel planners, he said their contact details should be made available online so that people can contact and plan their tour.
He further stated World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. This day is set aside to highlight tourism potential to contribute to reaching the sustainable development goals (SDGs), addressing some of the most pressing challenges society is facing today, he added.
Meanwhile, speaking during the World Tourism Day celebration, organised by the Department of Tourism Nagaland under the theme �Tourism for all, promoting universal accessibility�, at the conference hall of the Directorate of Tourism, Kohima yesterday, MLA and advisor to Chief Minister, Merentoshi R Jamir has underlined the need to capitalise on eco-tourism and rich bio-diversity of Nagaland in order to increase its capacity to cater to the needs of tourists visiting the State.
Merentoshi said this in the context of tourism being seen as one of the biggest industries today and also because of the huge potential of the State in the tourism sector.
Capitalising on these two sectors, he said, would enable the State to go a long way as it is blessed with favourable topography for people to get acclimatised to the climate. The MLA also felt that instead of concentrating on five-star hospitality, emphasis should be made more on eco-friendly hospitality by providing the basic comforts of a hygienic place, food, homely atmosphere, proper toilets etc.
Expressing pride on the increase number of tourists all year round in the recent years, the MLA opined that �we should try to build up our villages� and convert them to tourist villages, saying every village has a history and a story to tell.