Dimapur, September 27: Nagaland Hotel & Restaurant Association (NHRA) in collaboration with Department of Tourism on Sunday observed World Tourism Day here at the office premises of NHRA, Super Market, Dimapur.
Speaking on the occasion, President of NHRA, Vito Aomi said that Nagaland, being a half century old conflict torn state, has taken a toll especially in the tourism sector and it cannot be said that the tourism industry in Nagaland is at nascent stage.
He said that though the industry came into being in 1981, this industry, however, could not take off due to many problems and restrictions such as lack of adequate infrastructural facilities, travel restrictions to the state, insurgency and turbulent socio-political situation and this has resulted in negligible tourism activities.
He mentioned that unlike other industries, tourism industry does not require machine fed set-ups, gigantic infrastructural buildings, MNCs to pump in millions of dollars of investments etc. and suggested that this sector must be declared a subject matter in schools.
He advocated encouragement of private-public mode of promotional activities so that economy is not compromised and rather get maximum benefits.
World Tourism Day is celebrated to raise awareness on the importance of tourism in the social, cultural, political and economic aspects of any region. It has been observed on 27 September since 1980. (Page News Service)