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Course To Boost Tourism

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IIM Shillong is hopeful that the formal inauguration of the six-month certificate course in tourism and hospitality management today, funded by the North Eastern Council, will help participants project the Northeast as a vibrant tourist destination.

DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, after inaugurating the course at IIM, lauded the efforts of the institute to boost the tourism sector.

Ghatowar assured that the vital development sectors of the region will be given due attention and appealed to the youths of the Northeast to take full advantage of such opportunities that would ensure better development of the region.

Twenty-six participants for the course have been selected through a rigorous selection process held in Dimapur, Shillong, Imphal and other places.

Assam has the highest number of participants with 12, Meghalaya seven, Manipur three, and Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland with two seats each.

Council secretary U.K. Sangma said the need of the hour was to build an integrated tourism circuit for the entire region.

"To comprehensively understand the tourism potential and requirements of the region, the council had earlier initiated the Northeastern States Tourism Forum and commissioned Tata Consultancy Services with the job of developing a comprehensive tourism master plan," Sangma said. He added that the broad structure of the master plan had been accepted by the Union tourism ministry.

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