SHILLONG, Nov 14: A pink revolution through the Cherry Blossom Festival is what the Meghalaya establishment is looking for to add life to its tourism industry.
The first Cherry Blossom Festival kick started in Shillong on Monday with a galaxy of programmes.
An initiative of the Institute of Bio-resource and Sustaible Development (IBSD) under the tiol Institute of the Department of Biotechnology, the scheme of things has found a favour with the State government.
“I have a sense of optimism that it will get bigger and bigger in the next five years,” stated Sangma, adding, “this will be a mission mode initiative that will bring about an awe factor and do justice to our wonderful state.”
The Chief Minister said, “We are in the same labour room of this first baby and it should be our collective endeavour to see that our infant does not goes delinquent but to contribute to the overall prosperity of the state.”
As rightly remarked by the Director of IBSD Dr Dibandhoo Sahoo: “We have the right claim to be the first to have the first Cherry Blossom festival in Autumn”.
Meghalaya Chief Secretary KS Kropha said, “This festival should be a routine festival in order to make the state known as the centre of Cherry blossom festival.”
He assured the people of Meghalaya that IBSD is committed to the socio-economic development of the region and this partnership is only one of several initiatives that are focused on sustaible utilization of the unique bio-resources of the State.
Sahoo said 2017 is the Intertiol Year of Sustaible Tourism for Development as declared by the United tions. On this occasion, Chief Minister released a coffee table book entitled ‘Cherry Blossom-Sakura for Peace, Prosperity and Sustaible Development’ written by Sahoo.