Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has launched a tourism app for the Northeast region. The app has been developed by a startup group from the region.
Speaking on launching the app, Dr Singh said that tourism in the region has reached new heights in the last four years and this has been possible because of special thrust and impetus given by the Union government, with the direct monitoring of the Prime Minister.
Interacting with the members of a young Start-Up group, “CoRover”, after launching the Northeast Tourism app developed by them, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Fast-track progress in providing connectivity to distance areas in the region has inspired tourists from far and wide to look forward to Northeast as a favourite holiday destination. In addition, he said, the Ministry of DoNER undertook a campaign showcasing Northeast across the country, which has also generated unusual interest among potential tourists.
Dr Singh pointed out that some of the Northeast destinations like Gangtok, Sikkim and Shillong, Meghalaya have started attracting such heavy rush of tourists, that during the last two years, there have been occasions when tourists were advised by the tour operators to postpone their trip by a few days till the rush weaned away. Not only this, he said, "Home Tourism” has picked up in a big way, resulting in new avenues of livelihood for the local populace, including the youth.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the Majuli Island in Assam is being developed as a World Heritage tourist resort and several scenic spots in Arunachal Pradesh have suddenly come into focus because now there is a rail link with Arunachal Pradesh and soon an airport will also come up at Itanagar.
The most impartial and objective evidence testifying the upsurge in tourist inflow, Dr Singh said, can be obtained from the fact that private tour operators from far flung states of South India are also now planning vacation itineraries for Northeast India.
He said the Northeast tourism activation program by the Ministry of DoNER has created a lot of excitement among the youth across the country.