GUWAHATI, Aug 29 � To attract more backpackers to Assam and other north-eastern States, a website christened www.ecotourismsociety.in has been launched by a group of youths working under the banner of Eco Tourism Society of North East India.
It needs to be mentioned here that the society has so far undertaken different activities to promote the concept of ecotourism as well as generate awareness on the tourism potential of the region.
�Since inception, our society has been constantly working on motivating people, especially people from rural areas towards the tourism industry which we believe can eliminate poverty and unemployment from this region,� said Gautam Dutta, president of the society.
Earlier, the society had successfully organised events like Tree Bihu, Green Love, Prakriti Award, Jagriti, Eco Picnic and Eco Excursions.
The society�s website was launched by Dr Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam, the designer of rupee symbol, at the Guwahati IIT campus on Sunday.
�In the spirit of keeping the website simple, we have decided to keep the site clear, easy to navigate and efficient in its presentation of information,� said Dutta, adding that the idea behind launching the website was to create awareness among general people regarding preservation and conservation of tourism resources besides creating a bridge between the stake-holders of North East India and the tourists.
Dutta said that it was important to promote tourism resources of North East India in the global tourism market in a sustainable way.
�Our website will be useful to visitors, research scholars, students and other tourists with special interests,� said Dutta.
In order to make the website interactive, features like eco destination of the month, picture of the day, green quote of the day, festival of the month, current news on tourism industry, quiz, upcoming events and seminars, etc, have been added.
On the other hand, Dr Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam is of the opinion that the website will be the right platform for the students of North East India to share their tourism and environment-related articles and pictures and this, in turn will generate the required awareness among the students.
Tourism and Transport Minister Chandan Brahma has welcomed the initiative, mentioning that the website will help in not only promoting the cultural aspect of each region and local tribes of North East India, but will also generate employment at the same time.