The rich natural beauty, serenity and exotic flora and fauna of the North East region are invaluable resources for the development of eco-tourism. The region is endowed with diverse tourist attractions and each State has its own distinct features. These attractions and people of the region constitute the tourism resources at large. However, the facilities for stay, food, shopping and entertainment are either non-existent or mostly primitive in nature.
In order to develop and promote tourism in the region the Ministry of Tourism has taken following steps:
(a) Constitution of Task Force for the region- The report of the task force has recommended a number of measures for development of Tourism in the area.
(b) Each year the Ministry of Tourism sanctions a number of Tourism Infrastructure projects and grants Central Financial Assistance to State Governments. The Ministry is also spending 10% of the Budget allocation on the development of tourism in the North Eastern region.
(c) The Ministry of Tourism has recently opened a Chapter of Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management at Guwahati. The Guwahati Chapter provides part-time 16 months programme in "Diploma in Travel and Tourism Industry Management".
(d) In pursuance with the announcement of the then Prime Minister of India, the Food Crafts Institute at Shillong is being upgraded to full fledged Hotel Management and Catering Institute. Rs. 40 million have been released for this during 1998-99.
(e) To give wide publicity to North East Region, a video film on tourist attractions in the North East has been produced and is being screened by Air India in their flights.
(f) North Eastern States are given a free booth in the world’s largest tourism fair ITB- Berlin.
(g) Financial assistance for promotion of various fairs and festivals is being provided to North Eastern States every year and it will continue.
(h) The theme... [continues]
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