NEW DELHI, Nov 30 - To boost tourism in the region, Ministry of Tourism in association with the North Eastern states is organising the ‘International Tourism Mart’ (ITM) in Guwahati from December 5 to 7. The event will be held in Taj Vivanta, and will be inaugurated on December 5 by Governor Jagdish Mukhi in the presence of Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal and Tourism Minister KJ Alphons.
The Sixth International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, official sources said.
Besides deliberations on promotion of tourism in the North East region in general, keeping the objectives of the ''Act East Policy” in view, the panel discussions will also focus on promoting cultural ties, people-to-people contact with countries in the ASEAN region providing enhanced connectivity to the states of North Eastern region with other countries in the neighbourhood, thereby developing inter-regional tourism between the ASEAN and North East region.
The Sixth International Tourism Mart has been planned and scheduled to facilitate interaction between buyers, sellers, media, government agencies and other stakeholders.
Buyer and media delegates from around the world and from different regions of the country are participating in the Mart and will engage in one-to-one meetings with sellers from the North East region. A total of 76 foreign buyer delegates from over 29 countries including Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Canada, China, Combodia, Cyprus, Fiji, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Tanzania,
Thailand, USA, UK, Vietnam, Turkey, South Korea are participating in the event.
Besides the foreign delegates, 50 domestic stakeholders in tourism sector from other parts of the country and 86 sellers from the North Eastern states are participating in the Mart. Representatives of State Tourism Departments of these North East states will also be present to showcase their tourism destinations and to interact with the delegates.
International buyers and media delegates from countries around the world and from different regions of the country are participating in the Mart. They will be engaging in business-to-business meetings with sellers from the North Eastern region.