Northeast may draw foreign-bound tourists from mainland

Published on : Monday, October 19, 2020

Conrad K Sangma,Meghalaya chief minister, Friday participated in a virtual meeting called by Union minister of state (independent charge) for tourism Prahlad Singh Patel to discuss ease of travel to enhance domestic tourism.

Inhis address, Conrad pointed out that the relatively “better Covid situation” in the northeast could be key to rekindle tourism in the region. “Twenty-two million outbound tourists from India, who usually look for high end tourism destinations outside, can take advantage of the low Covid cases in the northeast and explore the scenic and natural beauty of the region,” the chief minister said.

He informed Patel on several initiatives that his government has taken and spoke about measures being adopted for the safety as Meghalaya gears up to re-open for tourists. He added that Meghalaya has prepared itself to cater to tourists and has also inked a Memorandum of Agreement with a private airline company to run flights from New Delhi to Shillong which would further boost tourism.

“Direct flights from Delhi to Shillong and from Shillong to other state capitals in the Northeast will open up a huge tourism market,” the chief minister said.

Earlier in June this year, in keeping with the new normal of social distancing, chief minister Sangma had inaugurated isolated cottages called the Orchid Log Houses, overlooking the beautiful hills of Mawdiangdiang in the New Shillong Township that was funded under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Union tourism ministry.

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