Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi announced this at a recent press conference and revealed that this will not only be the first ever International Tourism event to be organised in the north-eastern region, but also the first International Tourism Mart to focus on a specific region of India. He further added, "It will bring together the entire tourism fraternity from West Bengal and the eight north eastern States of India . The event has been planned and scheduled to facilitate interaction between buyers, sellers, media, Government agencies and others."
The Minister also informed that 100 delegates including tourism Ministers, Tourism Secretaries, Tour operators, Hoteliers and Media Representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Combodia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam will be attending the mart. "These delegates will engage in one-on-one meetings with sellers from the north eastern region and West Bengal. This will enable tourism product suppliers from the region to reach out to international and domestic buyers and promote tourism in the region."
The three day event will include, presentations, cultural evenings and press meets with the media from India and overseas. Post-Mart familiarisation tours to the states in the region have been arranged by the State Governments for the overseas delegates, from 21 - 28 January 2013 to create awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the states of the north eastern region and give them first-hand knowledge and experience of the destination.
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