Thursday, December 17, 2009

Stress on harnessing tourism potential

SHILLONG, Dec 17: Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang today said that the Government had undertaken an aggressive move to promote tourism in the State. Speaking at the inaugural session of the 3-day Mairang Festival held at Khatsawphra Sports Association Stadium, Mairang, West Khasi Hills District, Lapang underscored the importance of tourism and its potential to contribute to the economy.

Lapang said that the State Government of Meghalaya, through its Tourism Department is making aggressive efforts in projecting the tourism potential of the State and such festivals were a great help to the State government’s endeavour to promote development of tourism industry. He said that the State of Meghalaya is developing in all spheres of activities besides, the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the State is very congenial for investments opportunities and with the regular flights being started from Umroi Airport, the investors and tourists would find easy access to the State. Pointing out to the rich tourism potentias of West Khasi Hills district as visible from the likes of Nongkhnum river island, Kyllang rock, Ranikor river, Kynshi river and many others, the Chief Minister said these are one of the world’s unique tourist destination.

Lapang also appealed to the youth of the State to extend their cooperation to the Government in promoting the State of its potentials that it has in all aspects. “Meghalaya is a goldmine and we are now exploring it to the maximum”, he added.

The 1st Mairang Festival scheduled to be held on December 17, 18 and 19, is being organized by the Mairang Civil Sub Division Officers Club, supported by the Forum for Change and Upliftment of Society, Mairang. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the exhibition-cum-sale of the SHGs and SGSY and MKVIC products exhibited at the venue. The Mairang Festival will also include various programmes like Fashion Show by NIFT, Food Festival, Quiz Competition, Football Penalty Shoot Out, Archery, Traditional Dance competition and many others. THE SENTINEL

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