PIB/ TMB Report
IMPHAL: Tourism has the potential to change the lives of the people of North East since the region has an immense potential to attract the tourists in huge numbers. This view was expressed at the Webinar organized by Press Information Bureau and Regional Outreach Bureau, Imphal under the platform of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme today.
In his welcome address, Additional Director General (Region), S N Pradhan said that cultural exchanges during the past few years due to Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat initiative has increased manifold. This has the obvious economic benefit through tourism, and this benefit will continue to accrue to the states in years to come, but much more important is the creative use of official machinery to contribute to the unity of the country, he said.
The first guest speaker at the Webinar, Pushpendra Pal Singh, Chief Editor, Madhya Pradesh Madhyam, Government of Madhya Pradesh, said that infrastructure development of Manipur is vital for the development of tourism in the state. He pointed out that whenever we organize multi-state cultural programmes anywhere in the country, Manipuri music and dance are always highly appreciated by the people. He said that natural beauty and other advantages can only be converted into larger tourism returns if it is organized properly. He informed the participants of the several tourist circuits of Madhya Pradesh which are now world famous.
In his address, Yumnam Suraj Singh, Deputy Director, Tourism, Government of Manipur summed up the efforts of state government to develop the Krishna circuit and nature-tourism. He informed the meeting about the war-tourism which is attracting the Japanese tourists as we are giving out information about important battles involving allied troops and the Japanese army that took place here during the Second World War. He said there is a steady increase in foreign and domestic tourist numbers in the state. Cultural exchanges under EBSB have been very useful in creating awareness about Manipur in Central India. This is expected to give long term fillip to our efforts, he added.
Abhishek Dayal, Director, PIB Imphal thanked the participants and said that if media of the two states participate in this movement of promoting the tourist circuits of each other states, both the states will hugely benefit. He said that Madhya Pradesh took a lead in promoting its tourism and this experience of tourism promotion can be utilized by Manipur officials in the ways in which it can be done effectively. The webinar was attended by 35 persons including media persons and officials of PIB and RoB Imphal region.