Conrad: Need to re-strategise tourism due to COVID-19

SHILLONG, Sep 28: Meghalaya, Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, on Monday stressed on the need to re-strategise tourism in Meghalaya in the background of the challenges and opportunities that the COVID Pandemic has created.

Sangma explained that, eco tourism being the forte of Meghalaya, there is a need for better packaging, linking Shillong Airport to Delhi and other Metros and investing in Unique Selling Points to attract a potential 26 million high value Indian foreign going tourists of India who are now likely to turn towards North East region.

Sangma was addressing the “Destination North East” an on line event organised by the Ministry of DoNER.

The Chief Minister spoked about the direct and indirect benefits of tourism in the state of Meghalaya in terms of revenue earned, employment created and livelihood generated.

The Chief Minister also highlighted the importance and potential of tourism in North East region.

Sangma also stressed the need for attracting Capital, Government funding and Public Private Partnership.

Lastly he felt that there is a need to create security and safety for both locals and tourists in the era of COVID and informed that Meghalaya Government is taking all possible measures to implement the health protocols seriously.