The northeastern states should be profitable of the boom in global tourism

Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017

globeOn Monday, a senior member of the North Eastern Council or NEC has expressed the fact northeastern states should make sure that from the recent boom in global tourism, they get their percentage of profit. Also, measure to sensitize the stakeholders on sustainable tourism and environment.

On Day one, the economic advisor, W Synrem, while delivering a speech on the two-day national seminar at Synod College on ‘Sustainable tourism: Striking a Socio-economic and environmental balance’ highlighted the fact that international tourism services from the time of 1970’s have witnessed immense growth in spite of undergoing several socio-political-economic disturbances.

Sustainable tourism is something that’s industry oriented, he says, creating impact of lesser intensity on environment and local culture at the same time generating employment for the locals.

“The main idea is to ensure that development is a positive experience for the local people, tourism companies and the tourists,” he said at the seminar organized by the Department of Sociology.

“It is time for the northeastern states to wake up and reap the maximum benefits from the tourism sector,” he added.

By highlighting the statistics in terms of tourist arrivals, he mentioned that international tourist arrivals reached one billion. On the other hand, in the year 1970, there were 166 million international tourists worldwide.

“In 2012, visitors spent $1 trillion on travel excluding international passenger transportation expenses valued at $213 billion,” Synrem said. For the meantime, AK Nongkynrih, head of the Department of Sociology, NEHU explained that a portion of the state tourism policy of 2011 mentioned of sustainable tourism.


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