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Centre initiates new schemes for tourism development in NE states: Alphons

IANS  |  Kohima 

Union on Wednesday said the has initiated many new programmes and schemes for the development of in the northeastern states.

Speaking at the Hornbill Festival, the Festival of all Festivals in Nagaland, Alphons pointed out that the has given Rs 1,351 crore for the northeastern states to develop the industry.

"alone is getting Rs 197 crore for two (tourism) projects," he said.

"For and entire northeast, tourism is a future. I don't really think there is any place under the sun which is more beautiful than northeast India, particularly Nagaland," Alphons said.

Noting that represents everything wonderful about the country, the said, "The colour, music, dance, textile and food, it's such an amazing place. The hyper (Neiphiu Rio), who is everywhere, is leading this state into an amazing state of prosperity."

He narrated his conversation with the of Civil Aviation regarding from Guwahati to Dimapur to Kohima and to Imphal and from Imphal back to Dimapur, where the Minister agreed to his request.

"I come from which is known as 'God's own land' but I think this is 'God's own paradise'," Alphons said.

Highlighting the projects undertaken for the poor under Narendra Modi, he said: "We are on a huge path of progress. Tourism industry in provides employment to 84 million people, and generates $234 billion from tourism, contributing 7 per cent of the GDP."

Expressing his happiness on the growth of tourism within the last four and a half years and the potential of tourism, Alphons said: "we have amazing people here, smiling all the time, and who are the epitome of hospitality."



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:26 IST