NE tourism reached new heights under Modi govt: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) North-East tourism has reached new heights in the last four years because of special thrust and impetus given by the Centre, with the direct indulgence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said here on Sunday.

Interacting with the members of a young Start-Up group here, after launching the NE Tourism app developed by them, Dr Singh said fast-track progress in providing connectivity to distant areas in the region has inspired tourists from far and wide to look forward to the region as a favourite holiday destination.

In addition, he said, the Ministry of DoNER undertook a campaign showcasing NE across the country, which has also generated unusual interest among potential tourists.

Dr Singh pointed out that some of the NE destinations like Gangtok, Sikkim and Shillong, Meghalaya have started attracting such heavy rush of tourists that during the last two years, there have been occasions when tourists were advised by the tour-operators to postpone their trip by a few days till the rush weaned away.

Not only this, he said, “Home Tourism” has picked up in a big way, resulting in new avenues of livelihood for the local populace, including the youth.

The Majuli island in Assam, Dr Singh informed, is being developed as a World Heritage tourist resort and several scenic spots in Arunachal Pradesh have suddenly come into focus because now there is a rail link with Arunachal Pradesh.

Soon an Airport will also come up at Itanagar.

The most impartial and objective evidence testifying the upsurge in tourist inflow, he said, can be obtained from the fact that private tour-operators from far flung States of South India are also now planning vacation itineraries for the North East.

Dr Singh said the NE outreach by the Ministry of DoNER has touched a chord with the youth across the country.