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Chip in, Brahma urges residents

Jan. 11: Assam tourism minister Chandan Brahma today appealed to the people of the state to take part in the forthcoming International Tourism Mart 2013.

The ministry of tourism will organise the three-day event from January 18 at the Sarusajai Stadium.

Talking to reporters today, Brahma said the event would be a big one and the first-of-its-kind in the Northeast.

He was hopeful that the event would help the state promote its tourism in the countries, which will participate in the event.

Delegates and tourism ministers from countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland Sweden, Norway, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand will be participating in the event.

“There are 21 participant countries and five of them will be represented by their tourism ministers,” Brahma said.

Richard Bangs, an entrepreneur, world adventurer and an award-winning author, will be present in the event.

He has more than 500 published articles in magazines, 14 books, and also made scores of documentaries.

Following a request from the state government he had earlier made a film on Assam in a bid to promote the places of tourist interest in the state, globally.

“We will try to promote the state’s ethnic diversity, the river island Majuli, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, world heritage sites, rural tourism, xatra culture, tea industry and adventure tourism through the event,” Brahma said.

He added the event would also discuss the future promotional perspectives of the state.

Brahma said Bengal has also been clubbed as a beneficiary of the tourism mart, as a part of it is within the geographical area of the eight northeastern states.

Representatives of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India, Hotel Association of India, Indian Association of Tour Operators, Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India, will also participate in the event.

The state government will arrange tours for the delegates to Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park.

They will also visit areas of tourist interests in other Northeast states, during the event.

The state cultural affairs department is all set to present the rich heritage of Assam to the delegates through various programmes.

Lou Majaw from Shillong, Mami Varte from Mizoram, Debojit Saha, Manas Rabin and MousamGogoi from Assam will participate in these cultural programmes.

A rally will also be organised with 450 artistes in the city to showcase the cultural elements.