DIMAPUR, April 7 - Well-known landscape designer from Bali, Indonesia, Made Wijaya has observed that Bali and Nagaland have many similarities as far as the scope and potentialities of tourism are concerned. Stressing on the importance of charm and hospitality vis-a-vis tourism, he said Bali has set the trend which the Nagas are not lacking.
Delivering a lecture on �The relevance of boutique/village hotels design for Nagaland� at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA) Jotsoma near Kohima today, Wijaya, who is called the �Galliano of Gardens�, said Bhutan�s model of tourism is very applicable to Nagaland.
He expressed his happiness to see the Naga villages which he described as very artistic and pleasant. He was inspired by the stone works of Khonoma village which have been preserved and protected over the ages.
The landscape designer has been working in the hospitality industry as a design consultant for the last 40 years. Over the years, he has designed 1,000 gardens in 25 countries and designed many boutique hotels, both luxury and budgeted, around the world.
He has been commissioned to design gardens around the world including the former palace gardens of the Nizam of Hyderabad in India and the Naples Botanic Garden in Florida. The designer often gives lectures on cultural tourism and the importance of cultural reference in design for the hospitality industry.
Nagaland Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism C Apok Jamir who chaired the programme gave a brief introduction on prospect of tourism in Nagaland.