GUWAHATI, July 22 � Assam is going to organise a mega tourism carnival tentatively in the first week of April next year, which is expected to be attended by over ten countries.
In this connection, a delegation led by State Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma is scheduled to meet the consulate generals of the countries in Kolkota tomorrow.
This was informed by HS Das, Principal Secretary, Assam while inaugurating the 1st Northeast Travel and Tourism Fair organised by the Northeast Fair in association with Assam Tourism at the Tarun Ram Phookon Indoor Stadium. The fair participated in by tourism promotion groups of five countries, besides the Indian States, will end on July 24.
Inaugurating the fair, Das said, �Tourism is a two-way traffic and it is very important that those involved in the industry give equal weightage to outflow of tourists as it is done in case of inflow. It is also pertinent for the tour operators to sensitise the tourists about the cultural sensitivities of the place.�
He also urged the tour operators and those involved in the tourism industry to guard against the unwanted evils that creep in with the tourist flow.
�We are going in a big way to promote our tourism potential in the global milieu and the tourism carnival that we are planning is a step towards it,� he said, adding the carnival will be organised by the Assam Tourism Council and the Government of Assam in association with the neighbouring States.
Alice Wang, director, China Tourism, told the gathering that although Assam and for that matter the Northeast has tremendous tourism potential, it has not been able to harness it to the optimum level.
Organic and eco-tourism are the aspects, Wang felt, which needed to be developed. She also stressed the need to improve the hotel industry in the State. �India and China, with the two largest populations in the world, with the tourism potential they have, can go a long way,� she said, giving a brief insight on the current tourist flow in China.
LS Changsan, Commissioner and Secretary, Assam Governments, was also present on the occasion, besides a host of other dignitaries.