| Assam tourism minister Chandan Brahma speaks at the World Tourism Day function in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Sept. 27: Assam tourism minister Chandan Brahma today stressed the need for good networking to make the state tourist-friendly for visitors from other parts of the country and abroad.
Speaking at a function organised by the Assam tourism department on World Tourism Day here today, Brahma said the state had great potential for rural, heritage and religious tourism.
“The Northeast, including Assam, has great potential for becoming a tourist hotspot. We have to take our geographical location into account since Guwahati is the gateway to the region and tourists on their way to any other part of the region have to pass through. We have to improve our networking to take advantage of this,” Brahma said.
“The chief ministers and tourism ministers of Northeast are already in consultation to ensure seamless travel for tourists so they can begin from a particular place and then travel to all the states easily. We have also devised a strategy to increase the flow of tourists from countries with which the Northeast shares its borders,” he added.
The minister said the Centre had approved Rs 8 crore for the development of a Vaishnavite circuit (comprising Vaishnavite tourist sopts) in Assam to promote religious tourism.
The task of developing a Buddhist circuit, comprising 10 Buddhist tourist spots in different corners of the state, is also in progress, the minister said.
“We are concentrating on developing rural, heritage and religious tourism in the state. This year during Ambubachi mela at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, we had arranged facilities for lakhs of devotees arriving for the festival. We received good response and are hopeful that next year we will receive more devotees during the festival,” he said.
“To develop rural tourism, we have adopted a village inhabited by the Deori community in North Lakhimpur, where the villagers have very carefully preserved their Deori culture and traditions. We are also keen on developing Naam Phake village at Naharkatia in Dibrugarh district to promote rural tourism,” he added.
The minister said the state government would provide assistance to private firms and entrepreneurs who wished to develop tea tourism in Assam.
Private sector companies have to lend a hand in promoting tourism, he added.
A seminar on Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future, was also held.