NE the new hotspot for tourists

The number of tourists, both domestic and international, heading for the northeast has gone up dramatically in the past year. Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland have notched 20%-29% more foreign tourist arrivals while Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland are celebrating 36%-41% increase in domestic travellers. 

Till recently, these states, beautiful and unexplored as they were, rated low on tourist options. Concerned about security issues, the need for permits and limited flight options, travellers preferred to pick more tourist savvy destinations like Goa and Kerala. But effective initiatives by local governments, travel companies and airlines have changed all that. 

Today, there are some attractive travel packages to the area in the market. The government has eased, over the last few years, the protected area permit (PAP) that was required of foreign tourists heading for Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram. 

Full report here Times of India


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