Sohra tourism gets a major boost

Published on : Saturday, October 28, 2017

download (9)On Wednesday, K.J. Alphons, the Union tourism minister made certain that Meghalaya tourism, particularly in Sohra, would be developed and promoted.


Alphons, who originally hails from Kerala, while speaking at a BJP meet in Sohra said Sohra was more beautiful than “God’s own country”.


He said, “I have been given a representation regarding the development of Sohra and I will certainly study this and we will certainly try and do a lot of things for Meghalaya, especially in the tourism sector.”


“We are not giving gifts unlike the Congress government. We are here to deliver things. We will plan it out and see what we can do. But let me assure you that there is immense potential for tourism in Meghalaya and we will ensure that this is developed and used,” he said.


Alphons was offered a concept paper aimed on the growth and expansion of Sohra in the coming five years.


Alphons was given the concept paper by former Sohra legislator P.W. Khongjee, who was earlier with the Congress.


Development of Sohra tourism is not only what the concept talks about but it also deals with the development of entrepreneurship for the people of the concerned area.


In the last decade, it was observed that in tourism, the inflow of domestic tourists into Sohra had doubled. In 2006, almost four lakh domestic visitors poured in Meghalaya and the number grew to over eight lakhs in 2016. Besides, visits by international tourists have increased from 4,000 in 2006 to about 8,000 in 2016.


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