Sangai fest: Getting closer to ‘tourism’


IMPHAL
First international flight from Myanmar scheduled to land at Tulihal airport on November 21, the day the Manipur Sangai Tourism Festival is set to kick start.

A special day to be set aside as Myanmar Day on November 23.

Chief Ministers of Myanmar’s Saigang and Mandalay provinces expected to attend the festival on November 23.

Cultural troupes from Myanmar, Assam and Sikkim to participate in the festival for the first time.

Clearly the feel good factor is there and the State Government seems intent on living up to the billing of a ‘Tourism’ festival.

The emphasis on Myanmar clearly falls in line with India’s Look East Policy and why shouldn’t it be ? Showcase Manipur to the immediate neighbour and perhaps there is no better platform than the Sangai Tourism Festival.

However this is just the beginning and there are still a lot of spade works to be done.

Officials and cultural troupes visiting or gracing a festival should not and cannot be equated with the universal understanding of attracting tourists.

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