The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organising the International Tourism Mart (ITM) in Guwahati from 5-7 December, 2017. The inauguration is slated to take place on December 5 in Taj Vivanta, Guwahati. The Mart will be inaugurated by Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam in the presence of Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam and K.J Alphons MoS (IC), Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India and Union Secretary Rashmi Verma and other dignitaries from Central Ministries and North Eastern States.
The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s ‘Act East Policy’. Besides deliberations on promotion of tourism in the North East Region in general, keeping the objectives of the ‘'Act East Policy’ in view, the panel discussions will also focus on promoting cultural ties, people-to-people contact with countries in the ASEAN region.
The ITM 2017 will also see an active participation by the Ministry of DONER to synergize the process of development of tourism of the North East Region. The Mart will be attended by a total of 76 foreign Buyer delegates from over 29 countries namely Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Canada, China, Combodia, Cyprus, Fiji, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, USA, UK, Vietnam, Turkey, South Korea.
Besides the foreign delegates, 50 domestic stakeholders in Tourism sector from other parts of the country and 86 sellers from the North Eastern States are participating in the Mart. Representatives of State Tourism Departments of these North East States will also be present to showcase their tourism destinations and to interact with the delegates.