Shillong, Feb 27: Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy while speaking at an event on Thursday, claimed that there were ‘certain steps’ that are being taken in the state which will take a hit on Tourism industries.
“Unfortunately, and I am forced to say this, certain steps are in the offing which are not exactly conducive to the growth of tourism in the state,” Roy said.
Although, Roy didn’t clarify what the steps were, it could be that the Meghalaya Governor was hinting at demands for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit or the move by the state government to approve the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
“I shall not elaborate on this because this is the matter to be decided by the elected government, not for the Governor, but if some of these things are implemented then I think tourism which has fantastic potential in the state of Meghalaya will take a very big hit,” the Meghalaya Governor stated.
He further added that the biggest resource of Meghalaya is tourism, and entrepreneurship based on tourism is capable of working wonders for the youth of the state.
Discussing his recent visit to Sohra, he said that the effect can be seen and several home-stays were going vacant despite it being a tourist friendly season.
“I want to place this thing before the young entrepreneurs present here to put your heads together and think whether you would permit the tourism industry to be hit in this manner,” Roy ranted.
The Governor also said that to establish tourism as an industry in Meghalaya, the MSME Export Promotion Council and other similar organizations and the state government has a huge role to pay as facilitators, as tourism requires proper infrastructure, and promotion to encourage small scale businesses.