(Courtesy: Travel Biz Monitor)
The North Eastern region has recorded the highest growth rate in tourism in the country in both foreign and domestic categories and a master plan is on the anvil to develop the sector in the area, according to a PTI report.
The growth rate in foreign tourists in the North East in 2010-11 was 6.09 per cent, while in the domestic sector, the rate was 8.09 per cent compared to the all India rate of 7 per cent, Deepa Laskar, Regional Director, Union Ministry of Tourism told a meeting of tour operators and hospitality sectors. Laskar said that foreign tourist arrivals have increased as a result of the introduction of the Visa-On-Arrival system. “The increased figures prove that the region is gradually emerging as a major tourist destination in the country,” she added.
Stressing on the importance of fund allocations, Laskar said the State government should also reciprocate and help in the growth of tourist arrivals in the region. The tour operators urged the government to provide better facilities and infrastructure to attract more tourists and help in the region’s development.