Morung Express News
Peren | September 27
Nagaland state chief minister, TR Zeliang today said that Nagaland should try to manage tourist inflow in such a way that there is constant trickle of tourists throughout the year and not only during the Hornbill Festival.
Speaking at the celebration of World Tourism Day held at DC’s new office complex, Peren, he also called for a more realistic approach towards approaching tourism in the state. Zeliang said that in the context of Nagaland, instead of speaking in terms of millions, “one lakh tourists, one lakh opportunities” would be a good and humble beginning.
While stressing on the need to create more hotels and other infrastructure facilities to accommodate the tourists, he said the state also needs to take advantage of the various tribal festivals to attract more tourists.
Zeliang encouraged private parties to invest in the hospitality sector in order to supplement the efforts of the government to create more accommodation facilities for tourists throughout the state.
“We must also remember that treating tourists well is very important because they are not only our source of income but also ambassadors of our society to the outside world”, he said.
The CM called upon the villagers in Nagaland for community participation to promote tourism and related activities. He said that since the state’s natural landscape is the main attraction for tourists, villagers should work collectively to preserve the flora and fauna.
He further stated that this year’s World Tourism Day theme of ‘One billion tourists, one billion opportunities” is intended to focus on the transformative potential of one billion tourists, its effects on creation of employment opportunities, and on the economy of the country.
“Today, more than a billion tourists travel to pre-determined destinations every year. These billion tourists have made tourism a leading economic sector, contributing to 10% of the global GDP and 6% if the world’s total export”, the CM said.
With the new concept of a tourist as someone who does not limit himself or herself to visiting a place, but in some way becoming an integral part of the place, Zeliang said the final objective of the tourism industry should not only be profit, but offering tourists the means to achieving the experience they are looking for.
He also said tourism businesses should be conducted with due respect for people’s culture and sensibilities and due care for the environment. “The business of tourism should also be conducted in such a way that it contributes to better understanding and development of universal brotherhood of mankind”, Zeliang said.
Parliamentary secretary for Tourism, C Apok Jamir, in his address called for concerted of every citizen to promote tourism. He also said that though the state may be lacking in industries and infrastructure, the natural beauty of the state and its people, known for their hospitality, can attract tourists. The parliamentary secretary also informed that the State Tourism Department was mulling on communitization of rural tourism to boost local economy and development.
Secretary, Tourism and Art & Culture, Angau I Thou, in her keynote address said rural tourism is not an end in itself but means to rural development, which is in alignment with the government’s larger agenda of social growth.
“Nagaland is a beautiful and exotic state with a colourful and vibrant history of cultures and culinary treasures. Our Naga culinary strength however has not significantly translated into any tourism centric benefit and it has largely remained a huge untapped area”, she said.
‘Tourism will not grow if Naga problem continues’
Peren, September 27, (MExN): Nagaland state Chief Minister, TR Zeliang today called upon the Naga people to contribute their views and opinions so that an honourable, final and acceptable solution to the Naga political issue is brought about without delay.
A solution that ushers in peace, he stated would enable the growth of tourism in the state. Citing the example of Sikkim, Zeliang said: “our efforts at promoting eco- and cultural-tourism may not find much takers if the Naga political problem continues and the State is projected by the national media as insurgency-ridden State.”
Citing the Framework Agreement, he urged people to suggest their views and aspirations for a permanent solution. “When all the 60 MLAs of Nagaland belonging to different political parties can come together and voice their desire for early solution to the Government of India, why cannot the different sections of the Naga society come together,” he asked.
“The PM India told our Legislators’ delegation that he was touched by our unity of thought and determination to find out an honourable and acceptable solution to the Naga problem and assured us that he would see to it that peace is ushered in expeditiously,” Zeliang revealed. “But he also made it clear in no uncertain manner that Nagas themselves must work out a formula which can be discussed with the Government of India.”