Imphal: As in other parts of the country, Manipur also celebrated the National Tourism Day Tuesday at the Ibudhou Marjing Polo Complex, Heingang Imphal East District organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur.
Director (Tourism), Manipur W. Ibohal Singh, speaking at the celebration, said that the Marjing Polo Complex was selected as the venue as it has tourism prospect.
Stating that the theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Rural and Community Centric Tourism’, he elaborated that promotion of tourism will be difficult without promoting rural and community centric tourism.
In today’s world, the trend is shifting towards rural tourism as tourists are looking more towards experiencing stays in rural homes, interaction with the people, home-stays.
He continued that the Marjing Polo Complex is becoming quite a popular tourism destination due to the efforts of the department. He explained the tourism project being taken up at the complex and said Marjing Polo Complex is already completed, while construction of a Polo Statue is presently ongoing and is expected to be completed by mid-2022.
It may be mentioned that the Ministry of Tourism is observing National Tourism Day under the aegis of Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava with the theme‘Rural and Community Centric Tourism’.
The celebration was attended by Commissioner (Tourism) P.K. Jha, , and Director(Tourism) W. Ibohal Singh, Manipur as chief guest and president respectively