Itanagar, Jun 9: Arunachal Pradesh Budget 2017-18 emphasizes on ‘Tourism Development’ to facilitate Tourism with the theme “Tourist Friendly Arunachal”. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has called upon the tourism department to formulate tourism promotion strategy.
While addressing the function of the three-day tourism annual conference on the “Theme 2017: Tourist Friendly Arunachal” at Directorate of Tourism on Friday. Urging all stakeholders to tap the tourism potential of the state, he said Arunachal is endowed with vast cultural diversity and each tourist spot can be developed according to its unique quality.
Further, he said that state government budget of this year mainly focused on the development of tourism and health sectors. The agriculture and horticulture sectors have also potential to be developed for which opportunities must be created, explored and harnessed, he said.
While highlighting the role of tourism in providing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, he called upon the stakeholders and members of APTOA to develop the innovative idea to lure more tourists in the state. He also urged for preparing a roadmap for developing the handicraft & handloom centres in every important strategic location as tourists’ attraction.
Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, P D Sona while extending his gratitude to Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister for giving special focus on tourism with the enhanced budget, elaborated the initiatives that have been taken by the government for the promotion of Tourism sector.
Tourism Secretary, Joram Beda informed that through the conference the department has tried to explore a number of key themes including sustainable tourism industry, promotion of innovative energy initiatives, conservation, preservation and protection of natural environment and formulation of annual action plan of the department.