Shillong, May 21: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Thursday, stated that in order to bounce back from losses incurred by the Tourism sector owing to the pandemic, the state has to look into preparing a model for COVID-19 resilient tourism.
He stated that there are 20 million tourists who travel outside India every year. However, due to the pandemic, he said that they might not end up travelling abroad. He suggested diverting these high end tourists to Meghalaya by working on a COVID-19 resilient tourism model.
He cited examples like bringing small planes to Umroi where there will be no rush at the airport. On landing, the tourists can be tested and their lodging can be done in secluded areas and their itinerary can be pre-planned so that the government has information on their location.
“Secure arrangements can be made. We have a tag of being slightly safer than other locations. A model can be developed and we can take advantage of this,” he said.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that the water quality of Brahmaputra went up by 52% in last two months. “In Umshyrpi, the water quality improved by 38%. We should learn from this experience on how the environment has recovered and we need to continue this aspect,” he said.