GUWAHATI: The 2-day Tourism & Culture Ministers Conference of the North Eastern States organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is underway at Hotel Radisson Blu, Guwahati. Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma along with G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER; Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union MoS for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs and Ajay Bhatt, Union MoS for Tourism and Defense attended the plenary session on Monday.
Welcoming the Tourism and Culture Ministers of North Eastern States and other delegates to this 2-day long conference, Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked the Ministry of Culture for this great initiative. Stating that most of our tourist destinations are not well promoted due to the poor road network only, he urged Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy to invest more on road connectivity within the tourist destinations of the NE states.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sarma said that tourism and culture are two important points that need to be focused for specific development of North-eastern region. As for the first time the DoNER Minister has been entrusted with these two portfolios as well, it’s an unique opportunity for the region for uplifting its tourism and cultural industry to a new heights, Dr. Sarma added.
During the programme, an MoU was also signed between the Ministry of Tourism and IRCTC for cooperation in promoting domestic tourism and development of new tourism products.