Meghalaya will continue to focus the potential for tourism development organising festivals which not only boost tourism but also projects the positive image of the State.
Opening the Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong on Wednesday morning, he said these festivals' celebrated in countries like Japan, USA, Switzerland and Korea have established intercontinental friendship. He hoped that in a few years, the State can get international recognition with the active participation of government departments and stakeholders. He also informed the gathering that Meghalaya is the first in the world to celebrate autumn Cherry Blossom Festival based on local cherry trees which bloom uniquely in the State.
Marak said that the festival will further the commitment of the Government to promote tourism in the State by showcasing the rich cultural and natural resources the State can offer. ‘By celebrating Cherry Blossom we are celebrating nature’ said Marak and therefore it is our moral obligation to preserve this rich biodiversity.
During the day, the Chief Guest also released the special cover of the 2nd India International Cherry Blossom Festival Postage Stamp.