Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday called upon all stakeholders including the local people to join his government’s initiative “Dekho Apna Pradesh” towards promoting the various tourist hotspots of the state.
A brainchild of CM Khandu, ‘Dekho Apna Pradesh’ conceptualised in line with PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ campaign, is an attempt to promote tourism in Arunachal that aimed at encouraging people to travel to various tourist hotspots within the state letting them know their state better.
Taking to the micro-blogging site Twitter On World Tourism Day, Khandu wrote: “Tourism drives not only economic progress but also brings people closer, leading to social and cultural bonhomie. On World Tourism Day, I humbly recognize the contributions of all in making Arunachal Pradesh a preferred tourist destination.”
“As Rethinking Tourism is the theme of World Tourism Day 2022, let’s reflect upon making tourism a means to grow more sustainably. Luckily, our Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with cultural diversity, scenic spots and unique traditions. Make #DekhoApnaPradesh a way of life,” Khandu tweeted.
Meanwhile, World Tourism Day was celebrated at Kushangnang under Kyidphel circle of Tawang district – the birthplace of Mayum Tsewang Lhamo, mother of His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso.
The district Tourism department in collaboration with the district administration organised various traditional games and sports and cultural programmes involving the tourists and villagers, to mark the day with the theme “Re-Thinking Tourism”.
Speaking on the occasion, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kesang Ngurup Damo emphasised on promoting rural tourism and asked the villagers to preserve the rich tradition and culture, and promote it to attract tourists in rural areas.
He remembered the contributions made by earlier leaders and administrators in making the present Tawang, Kharsaneng area as the rice bowl of Tawang. “But in comparison to other places of Arunachal, our agricultural land is very limited, so tourism is the only future scope. We need to keep our villages clean and promote homestays,” the DC said.
Among others, District Tourism Officer Tsering Deki, local Gram Panchayat Chairperson Jamkhar Leki Phuntso, and EAC (Kyidphel) Tsering Choden also spoke on the occasion.