Manipur takes steps to revive its tourism sector

Imphal, May 2 : With an aim to generate awareness and promote the tourism sector, a two-day seminar on "Strategy for Tourism Development and Capacity Building" was held in Imphal.

The Chief Minister of Manipur, Ibobi Singh said, "We anticipate and promote tourism as one of the sector which can provide immense benefit to the community and stake holders without any major capital investment as compared with other industries. And also, Manipur is the gateway of the Southeast Asian countries."

It was organized by the Manipur Tourism Forum, under the sponsorship of the state government, the seminar came to a consensus about encouraging Public-Private partnership to give a boost to the sector in the state.

"It is definitely going to help the development of infrastructure, in what way it should be developed. How the tourism sector should be marketed to the outside world, how the local tour operators should be linked to the outside ones and to bring in more tourists to the state. All these things will be discussed during the session," said President, Manipur Tourism Forum Dr. Dhaballi Singh.

The growth of tourism will help generate employment opportunities for the youth and give a boost to the hospitality sector.

Its rich culture is reflected in its dance, music and food.

If promoted well, Manipur could become one of the best tourist destinations in the country.

--ANI (Posted on 02-05-2013)

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