Shillong, July 20: A one-day workshop cum awareness programme on Promotion & Development of Rural Tourism through Cooperative Societies organized by the office of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies in collaboration with the office of the Meghalaya Village Development and Promotion Tourism Cooperative Society Limited (MVDPT), Shillong was held today at Rangtylliang village under Pynursla C&RD Block. The programme was attended by the members of the Cooperative Societies and SHGs of the areas. During the Workshop, R. Kharmujai, Managing Director, MVDPT said that the Government has identified rural tourism as one of the thrust areas and the Meghalaya Village Development & Promotion Tourism Cooperative Society Ltd, was registered as a Cooperative Society in order to ensure promotion of eco tourism and smooth operations of rural tourism projects spread in different parts of the State. It is anticipated that more villages in the State will be covered up under the rural tourism projects, a venture under the Cooperative Sector.
Kharmujai stated that the State of Meghalaya has the potential to develop and promote tourism industry, and the strength of rural tourism lies in the villages which offer a unique experience close to the nature for the tourists with the beautiful natural scenery, rich culture and tradition.
DL Nongspung, Chairman MVDPT in his speech said that for the successful management of tourism, participation of a various agencies and particularly the community at the local destination level through the cooperative societies is required. He also assured that the Cooperative Society will continue to provide necessary guidance, capacity building and assistance to promote and develop the tourism industry at the village level. He also stressed the need to preserve beauty of nature, protect the social, cultural and environmental integrity of the areas.
During the workshop, a power point presentation and a short documentary film was also shown to the participants with regard to promoting of eco-rural tourism through MVDPTCS in the state of Meghalaya.