In a bid to boost the influx of tourists in the Northeast, the government is mulling about introducing special tourist trains to unexplored destinations.
In a meeting in Guwahati on 11th September organized by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) discussed the need for various activities to promote tourism, particularly in the Northeast region of India. The meeting in Guwahati, chaired by Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways, was attended by senior IRCTC and Railway officials, state tourism secretaries and other officers of state tourism directorates and corporations. The agenda for the meeting was to look into possibilities of joint support and promotion that the IRCTC could provide in boosting the tourism sector in the country, with particular focus on the Northeastern region of India.
The minister suggested that destinations be made more accessible to both domestic and foreign travelers through special tourist trains that IRCTC has been operating in other major destinations of the country. Currently, IRCTC has been operating such special trains in other major destinations across the country, including trains such as the luxurious Maharaja Express and the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. Mahaparinirvan Express or the Buddhist circuit train is another such train that covers places of interest for the spirituality seekers. Gohain pledged the necessary assistance from his ministry for the undertaking of such an initiative.
The meeting also saw an exchange of ideas to boost tourism in the Northeast. The IRCTC stepped up its efforts to partner with the state tourism bodies to bring focus and attention to the region on the global tourism map.