Arunachal pushes stakeholders to revive post-pandemic tourism



Itanagar: Minister of Tourism of Arunachal Pradesh Nakap Nalo called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders for the successful implementation of tourism programs and policies in the state.

Speaking on Friday to an interaction program on “Relaunching tourism activities after the pandemic” with various tourism stakeholders, including tour operators, host family owners, officials and others at the National Institute of food crafts, Nalo said “although the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry. All over the world, Arunachal needs to build a strong team to relaunch booming tourism activities.

The minister also suggested building permanent roadmaps to implement successful tourism projects in the coming days.

While regretting the department’s past actions for building hundreds of unnecessary assets that have become a burden and responsibility for the state government, he encouraged tour operators to take back these non-functioning assets for tourism.
The government will prefer tenants with people with a tourism background, he said.

The minister also suggested organizing workshops and training for tour operators and guides.

Nampong MP and Tourism Minister Advisor Laisam Simai called on the people to drop the misconception that building tourism infrastructure like building lodges, roadside facilities, etc. , and asked them to focus instead on human resource development and other results-oriented activities.

Noting that the state has a lot of resources to sell to the outside world, he suggested healthy and positive competition among tour operators.

While urging tourism officials to be more proactive, he called for investing and focusing on potential areas instead of investing everywhere.

Tourism Secretary Sadhana Deori suggested holding a familiarization tour for tour operators in the northeastern states and also suggested putting more emphasis on places that still need to be explored.

She also encouraged new tour operators to organize new packages ranging from Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts to Kra-Daadi.

Stressing the safety of tourists as being of the utmost importance, the secretary also asked the tour operator to prepare for any untoward incidents.

Deputy Tourism Director Bengia Manna Sonam suggested organizing meetings of district tourism officials on a zonal basis so that they can participate in development activities.

She also suggested hosting an Familiarization Tour for tour operators, influencers and bloggers in the Northeast states.

Sonam further insisted on holding a coordination meeting with relevant departments such as the Department of Arts and Culture, Environment and Forests and Research to rationalize tourism products in places of interest. tourist interest of the state.

Arunachal Pradesh tour operator chairman John Panye called for inclusion of tourism stakeholders in the District Tourism Promotion Board for its effective functioning.

It is high time to prepare a new roadmap to make Arunachal the best tourist destination in the world, Panye said, suggesting the promotion of less approved destinations.

Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) Northeast Section President Oken Tayeng spoke about safety and security preparedness to avoid any eventuality, especially in activities adventure.

He also suggested balancing tourism promotion activities in each part of the state.
APTOA advisor Tsering Wange called for promoting tourist destinations through social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, etc.

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