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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

4th Sectoral Summit of North Eastern Council To Review Toursim and Hospitality Sector Programmes in NER

North Eastern Council (NEC) at ist 53 rd meeting decided to conduct 4 Sectoral Summit at Gangtok on 27-28 April 2007. I am listing some of the major issues which emerged out with some conclusions.

Some Issues discussed in the meeting:
1) North Eastern Region has immense tourism potential. If the problems which stand on its way get saught NOrth East can emerge as a most saught destination in India.
2) Both Domestic and International Travellers should be focused.
3) Accommodation Problem should be resolved by opening number of Dharamshalas, one room accommodation, low cost/low budget hotels, accommodation near sanctuaries and rivers.
4) North East can benefit by promoting Eco Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Heritage Tourism and Religious Tourism.
5) The Ministry Of Tourism is promoting " Paradise Unexplored" as the brand for North East tourism. They would now foucus on "ALERT INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER".
6) The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs 25 crores for destination development and Rs 50 crores on circuit development.
7) Presently, North East India behold 2 World Heritage Sites ( Kaziranga and Manas) and would want inclusion of more spots in the list.
8) Sikkim would create Buddhist circuit by including Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.
9) " Lonely Planet" has given adverse publicity on the region and therefore the LONELY PLANET EDITOR would be asked to reprint and dissimenate information that only few pockerts in the region are under problematic conditions. States like Sikkim, Mizoram, Meghalaya and most Arunachal Pradesh is completely peaceful.
10) ITDC offered to organize LTC tours for Government employees.

1) Ministry of DoNER/NEC would sponsor North East promotional films (cultural and touristic) aimed and school childeren and college students. SPICMACAY would be requested to screen these in universities.
2) NEC/Ministry of DoNER would organize tourism promotional event at Bangkok jointly with Ministry of Tourism and Embassy of India at Bangkok after THai Commerce Minsitrys visit to North East in June 2007.
3) State Government would be identifying State Tourism Circuits and Share details with other ministeries of Home Affair, Tourism, DoNER and NEC.
4) Ambika Soni, Union Minister Of Tourism, have announced to open One Institute of Hotel Management in each state of NER that do not have any such institutions. Assam and Megahalya already have one IHM.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

North East India Tour Packages

Heard a lot about North East India? But somehow was not able to plan a tour for yourself. APNEI (Association For Promoting North East India) brings some fabolous travel packages which are made for explorers who love to discover. Select the one that best suits you and venture out to explore the "UNEXPLORED PARADISE".

Alpine North East India is an 8 day tour which cover some of the major attractions of Assam, Sikkim and Nepal. The tours has been especially made for travellers who want to visit North east for short span of time. This tour would give you an experience of its kind where you could enjoy the blissful nature with some eye tonic exploration. Yak Safari, Red Pandas, Angling, Village exploration would some activities which would make your Alpine North East India Tour fruitful.

Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Tours (15 Days)
Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Tour is a 15 day tour and as the name suggest it dissects the tribal culture of the region. Choose this tour and make your vacation an experience by itself.

North East Tribal Tour (10 Days)
North East India Tribal Tour is a wonderlust exploration of the virgin land in 10 days. Picking this tour packages would be an helluva ride to the world of Rhinos and Orchids. Being a tribal tour, it would give you a glimpse of North East India rich heritage. Surely not a package to miss.

The North Eastern India Delight (15 Days)
North East Indian Delight is one of its kind. For this package you have to take out 15 days for your vacations. This packages is a fiesta for itchy feet who would love and walk pass an Indian culture with a different outlook.

Monday, July 2, 2007

More Facts on North East India

The flora and fauna of this region is numerous and varied. NE is regarded as one of the 7 most bio-diverse regions of the world (hottest hotspots) .

Many endangered species of fauna like the one-horned-Asiatic rhino, whitewinged-wood duck, and Golden Langur can be spotted in the reserved forests and National Parks of NE.

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