The Khliehriat Circle of the Jaiñtia National Council (JNC) has sent an official complaint to Tourism Minister Paul Lyngdoh through the Deputy Commissioner of East Jaiñtia Hills regarding the alleged absence of a Tourism Officer for the district.
JNC general secretary Mebanteilang Sukhlain in the letter stated that it had carried out an inspection on August 31 where it was discovered that the Tourism Officer and the staff of the Tourist Office and Information Centre were not present in the office and the officer in charge and the staff had been absent for a long period of time.
East Jaintia Hills has immense potential as a tourist destination, with its rich cultural heritage, natural beauty and renowned landmarks, the pressure group said. “However, our region’s tourism industry has been severely impacted due to the absence of a Tourism Officer. We are witnessing missed opportunities for growth, inadequate tourist assistance and a lack of promotional activities to attract visitors. This situation cannot be overlooked as it directly affects the economic and social well-being of our community.”
The JNC said that any Tourism Officer appointed to the district should possess a deep understanding of local attractions, cultural dynamics and the potential impact of tourism on the community’s well-being.