Tourism mart begins today

The ministry of tourism, in association with the Northeast states and West Bengal, is organising the three-day fifth International Tourism Mart in Imphal from tomorrow.

By A Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 23.11.16
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Guwahati, Nov. 22: The ministry of tourism, in association with the Northeast states and West Bengal, is organising the three-day fifth International Tourism Mart in Imphal from tomorrow.

Official sources said the event will be held at the City Convention Centre in Sanjenthong in Imphal and will be inaugurated by Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh in the presence of Union tourism secretary Vinod Zutshi and other dignitaries from the Northeast.

The International Tourism Mart is organised in the northeastern states on a rotation basis. The earlier editions were held in Guwahati, Tawang, Shillong and Gangtok.

The fifth International Tourism Mart 2016 is being held during Sangai festival, an annual cultural fest organised by the Manipur government from November 21 to 30.

"The objective of holding the tourism mart is to highlight the tourism potential of the region in domestic and international markets and bring together the tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from the eight northeast-ern states and West Bengal," an official said.

Buyers and media delegates from different regions of India and abroad are participating in the mart. The buyers will engage in one-to-one meetings with sellers from the Northeast. This will enable tourism product suppliers from the region to reach out to international and domestic buyers with the objective of promoting tourism in the region.

Representatives of state tourism departments will also be present to showcase their tourist destinations and to interact with the delegates.

The three-day event also includes presentations by state governments on their tourism potentials, cultural evenings, visits to local attractions in and around Imphal in the presence of Zutshi.

"Post-mart familiarisations to the states in the region has been arranged for the delegates from overseas as well as domestic buyers to create awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the northeastern region and to give them a first-hand experience of the destinations," the official said.