DIMAPUR, Sept 28 - Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang on Sunday said peace is definitely a pre-requisite among other things for development of tourism industry in the State.
Addressing the World Tourism Day celebration in Peren district headquarters, Zeliang said Nagaland with all the uniqueness of its culture and diverse traditions, beauty of landscape and flora and fauna has the potential to attract tourists from world over. But, he reminded that this alone cannot help prosper tourism. The Chief Minister went on to say that preservation of these assets and awareness of locals about this also play a major role in developing tourism.
The theme of the observation, �One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities� is intended to focus on the transformative potential of one billion tourists, its effect on creation of employment opportunities, and on the economy of the country. These billion tourists have made tourism a leading economic sector, contributing 10 per cent of the global GDP and 6 per cent of the world�s total exports, he added.
Impressing upon the gathering to coin their own goal in the context of this year�s theme, he said, �Let us say �One Lakh Tourists and One Lakh Opportunities� and manage the tourist inflow into Nagaland throughout the year and not only during Hornbill Festival by taking advantage of the festivals occurring throughout the year.�
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, C Apok Jamir said half of our efforts would be won if congenial, peaceful and tranquil atmosphere prevails.
Secretary, Tourism & Art and Culture, Angau I Thou in her keynote address stated that Union Ministry of Tourism has launched Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD Schemes and integrated development of theme based circuits has been taken up for holistic and inclusive development.