Only one award for Northeast in national tourism awards

Roopak Goswami

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The Northeast could get only one award out of the 81 awards in the National Tourism Awards which were given today.

This is despite lot of promotions which the states of Northeast do in promoting their breathtaking locales on the social media and promotional materials.

Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar presented the National Tourism Awards( 2018-19) to awardees today at the programme organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to mark the World Tourism Day, 2022.

The first prize went to Uttarakhand followed by Mahrashtra and Telengana.

The only award which the Northeast could get was as the best domestic tour operator in promoting and selling tourism products of their own region. Clubside Tours and Travels got the award.

The Vice President, Jagdeep Dhankhar today asked Indians to explore domestic tourist destinations first before looking at international travel.

"Those of us who tend to look at international destinations for visiting, need to look at our own domestic destinations first" he said.

Describing India as “heaven for tourism”, he underlined that most of the tourist places in the country have a deep connect with our history, folk arts and ancient texts.

Ranging from the snow capped peaks of Himalayas to the sandy beaches of Odisha, from the deserts of Rajasthan to the deltaic regions in Sunderbans, from the tea Gardens of Assam to the Backwaters of Kerala, the range is simply exhilarating and stunning.

"India is perhaps the only country when one can undertake a trip for satisfying multiple needs" he said.

He said the Government is a taking 360-degree view for the development of tourism sector in the country.

"The massive and innovative development of tourism infrastructure has been accompanied with due focus on enhancing rail, road and air connectivity to ensure that the accessibility to tourist destinations is easy from all corners of the country" he said.

Addressing a gathering after presenting National Tourism Awards for the year 2018-19 at VigyanBhawan in New Delhi today the Vice President termed tourism a key driver of economic growth and employment generation in the country.

Referring to multiple dimensions to the tourism, the Vice President stressed the need for fully leveraging the India’s immense potential in the field of medical tourism as well as the growing global interest in our ancient practices of healing such as Ayurveda and Yoga.

Noting the importance of National Tourism Awards in motivating the travel and tourism sectors, the Vice President congratulated the award winners for their hard work and excellence. He also congratulated the Ministry of Tourism for celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav iconic week from today.

On this occasion, the Vice President also released ‘India Tourism Statistics 2022’ and launched an e-book GoBeyond:75 Experiences of North India.

G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, Ajay Bhatt, Minister of State, Tourism and Culture, Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Rakesh Kumar Verma, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, G. Kamala Vardhan Rao, Director General, Ministry of Tourism and other dignitaries attended the award ceremony.

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Roopak Goswami