Meghalaya Experiences 80 Percent Growth In Tourism Sector


Meghalaya Tourism witnessed significant inflow of both international and domestic tourists over the last ten years

The report published by Meghalaya’s Governor, Tathagata Roy, during address in the Meghalaya Assembly on the first day of budget stated that various government initiatives and the hospitality of locals have attracted tourists from India and abroad. Furthermore, Governor added that they are planning to target tourism promotion for Meghalaya in line with State Tourism Policy. The state is actively to bring about developments in Adventure tourism, Eco-tourism, Cultural tourism, Cave Tourism. Moreover, the state government is also encouraging home stays for travelers.

According to the Governor, the state will provide financial assistance to entrepreneurs who are interested to set up home stays and resorts for guests visiting to Meghalaya. This would be put in place under the Meghalaya Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Scheme. Further developments incorporated by tourism sector in the state include log huts and other structures at Lake View and Orchid Lake Resort, under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of Union Ministry of Tourism.

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Chief Secretary Rebbeca V Suchiang highlighted the huge number of tourists into the State in the last ten years. Claiming that Meghalaya has no more peak season for tourist, she illustrated the impact on the positive and the negative front. “Look at the 500 year living root bridge where 15 to 20 people at one go walk by and take selfies and photographs”, she said. “We should be responsible enough to let the living bridge live and lure more people further,” she added. Shillong is the Meghalaya’s most important attraction, which is also called as India’s Rock Music Capital. Other important places are Cherrapunji and the beautiful village called Mawlynnong.


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