* Focus is on developing a partnership between Arunachal and Assam in tourism sector
ITANAGAR: The Department of Tourism in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operator Association (APTOA), Nature’s Beckon, Assam, Archana Sikitchalaya Sahitya Chara and Association for Conservation (ACT) has launched the “Friends of Arunachal” campaign involving various tourism stakeholders of Assam, leaders of civil society organizations of National and International level, senior professors and doctors of universities and colleges, APTOA members and officers of Arunachal Tourism. The main objective of the “Friends of Arunachal” campaign is to strengthen the bond between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and rest of India.
At the launch of the campaign, assistant director of State Tourism, Bengia Manna Sonam said that the campaign will give a platform to exchange culture, share knowledge and ideas. “The campaign will also improve the health and education sector, give boost to the newly-formed Rural Tourism Destinations and Home Stay movement in Arunachal Pradesh,” she added.
Stating that the State has huge scope of promoting rural and eco-tourism, she appealed to the participants to come forward and help in making the State as the best sustainable tourism destination. APTOA president, John Panye informed that the State has many things to offer to tourists in the form of adventure tourism, religious tourism, eco-tourism etc.
Panye also emphasized on creating niche tourism in the State and preserve the fragile ecosystem for sustainable development. He also termed that the growth of tourism sector in Arunachal Pradesh is the growth of Assam where both States need to work closely for its better development.
APTOA general secretary Bengia Mrinal said it is necessary to build a bond between both the States. He also said that APTOA, being the nerve of tourism industry in the State, is always there in promoting tourism in collaboration with the Tourism department.
Dibrugarh-based noted writer and environmentalist, Soumyadeep Datta said there is close relation between Assam and Arunachal since time immemorial. “Tourism in Arunachal is incomplete without the participation from Assam. We the civil society has to gear up and strengthen the bonding between the two States”, he said.
Datta also emphasized on creating responsible and sustainable tourism to reach the grassroots people for the long-run.
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