Meghalaya and Bangladesh tour operators have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give the State and the region a boost to tourism.
The MoU was signed on Thursday evening in the presence of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma of Meghalaya in Dhaka. This was one of Sangma's four-day road trip to Bangladesh's highlights.
The tourism sector of Meghalaya has the highest potential to bring the state to economic development. Both domestic and foreign visitors have ensured over the years a steady growth in the economy of the country.
Through arranging numerous festivals and other promotional activities, the tourism department has wooed visitors. Although there is still enough room for improvement, the tourism infrastructure of the State has also improved.
Meghalaya has been targeting visitors from Bangladesh who comes to the state not only for vacations but also for medical treatment and education. Yet Bangladesh's tourism potential has yet to be fully exploited.
Meghalaya has tried to add value to its tourism industry. As of now, individual tour operators have supported tourists in their own capacity, but with the signing of the MoU, this is expected to change.
However, finer details of the agreement are not known and likely to be announced after Sangma’s return.
“The MoU would help in connecting with tourists and allowing their smoother flow,” the Chief Minister informed.
On the fourth and penultimate day of his trip, Sangma said some of the groundwork has been done during the visit and now the governments of India and Bangladesh have to take it forward.
Sangma said that his meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was held in a positive atmosphere yesterday.
“It was a positive discussion and we discussed a number of issues, including heritage and linkages shared by B1angladesh and Meghalaya,” Sangma said.
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