Speaking as a Chief Guest at a Seminar on ‘Sustainable Tourism: Striking a Socio-economic and environmental balance’, W Synrem, Economic Adviser, North Eastern Council (NEC) urged the North Eastern states to utilise the full potential of the region’s tourism industry at a time when the global tourism sector is booming and benefit from it.
He defined Sustainable Tourism as an industry committed to making a low impact on the environment and local culture while helping to generate future employment for local people. “The main thrust of the idea of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development is a positive experience for the local people, for tourism companies and for the tourists themselves,” he said.
Indicating figures of tourist travels, he said that international tourist arrivals reached 1.035 billion whereas, in 1970, there were 166 million international tourist arrivals worldwide.
He cited that in 2012 visitors spent $1 trillion on travel.