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Tourism Ministry organising 8th International Tourism Mart 2019

The 8th edition of ‘International Tourism Mart’ is being organized at Imphal, the capital city of Manipur from 23 to 25 November 2019. This annual event is organised in North Eastern region by Union Ministry of Tourism in association with North Eastern States.

The theme for 8th International Tourism Mart is: ‘Sustainable Tourism an engine for Economic Growth and Employment’. Manipur is hosting this mart for the second time. Earlier editions of this mart were held in Guwahati, Tawang, Shillong, Gangtok, Agartala.

Key Highlights

The event will bring together the tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from the eight North Eastern States. It will also facilitate interaction between buyers, sellers, media, Government agencies and other stakeholders.

Besides deliberations on promotion of tourism in North East Region in general, the Mart will also give a platform for promoting cultural ties, providing enhanced connectivity to States of North Eastern Region with other countries in neighbourhood.

Participants: A total of 36 foreign buyer delegates from more than 19 countries namely- USA, Dubai, Oman, Australia, Canada, Cambodia, Czech, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Myanmar, Spain, Thailand, UK, Vietnam, Singapore are participating in the Mart. Other participants besides foreign delegates include 49 domestic stakeholders in tourism sector from other parts of the country and 109 sellers from North Eastern States.

The State Government of Madhya Pradesh has also been invited to participate and give a presentation as it is paired State with Manipur under the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ initiative.

About International Tourism Mart

It is annual event organized in north-eastern region of India with the objective of highlighting tourism potential of region in domestic as well as international markets. It is organized annually in North Eastern States on rotation basis, thus providing platform to tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from 8 North Eastern States.

North East Region of India: It comprises of the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. These are endowed with diverse tourist attractions and products. The varied topography of region, its flora and fauna as well as the ethnic communities along with their rich heritage of ancient traditions and lifestyles, festivals, arts and crafts thus makes it a holiday destination waiting to be explored.

NDRF: New unit to save heritage structures

The National Disaster Response Force is to establish a specialized unit for heritage structures.


  • The specialized unit is to be established in every battalion of the NDRF.
  • It will help preserve monuments and heritage structures that are damaged and battered by natural disasters.
  • It will also hold the responsibility of rescue and restoration of the structure.

About the Unit

The plan is to form set of personnel in each battalion of NDRF. They will become trained professionals on preserving heritage structures in pre and post disaster scenario.

Strategies of UNESCO: To preserve disaster prone Heritages

UNESCO believes that the Earthquake that occurred in Kathmandu in 2015 and the fire at the Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin are best examples of vulnerability of cultural heritages. In order to preserve them from disasters, the following initiatives were taken by UNESCO

  • In 2002, the Budapest Declaration was signed on World Heritage. According to the Declaration it is the responsibility of the “World Heritage Committee” to make sure the properties under World Heritage List are passed on to generations of the future as their rightful inheritance
  • The United Nations General Assembly adopted the “Strategy for Risk Reduction at World Heritage Properties” in 2007. It is being implemented by the World Heritage Committee
  • The “Sendai Framework” includes several references to culture and heritage under its “Disaster Risk Reduction” framework