The Centre has given Arunachal Pradesh the go-ahead to conduct a mega tourism event at Tawang, bordering China, in October. Union Tourism Ministry secretary Parvez Dewan informed this to state tourism minister Pema Khandu during a meeting at New Delhi on July 19, official sources said here on July 20.
The meeting, which was attended by tourism secretary and director of all the north-eastern states besides West Bengal, decided that the Ministry would conduct the prestigious ‘International Tourism Mart’ at Tawang in October this year. Dewan assured to ensure release of the required fund for the event and requested all participating states to go ahead with its preparation, sources said.
“With the tourism industry likely to increase to USD 275.5 billion by 2018 at a 9.4 per cent annual growth rate in India, it is high time for the union tourism ministry to shift the focus to the North Eastern states, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, which is endowed with huge potential for all kinds of tourism including the popularly growing niche tourism,” Khandu said.
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