New Delhi, Oct 23: The Nagaland Government and a key player in travel and hospitality sector Airbnb on Tuesday announced ‘Alternate Accommodation' partnership for the week-long Nagaland Hornbill Festival, which showcases the rich cultural heritage of the state, every year in December.
"Building on Airbnb’s commitment to harness the potential of the tourism sector in India’s NorthEast region, Airbnb signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Tourism, Government of Nagaland in the capital today," a state government source said here.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was present on the occasion. The signing event was held in the presence of Khehovi Yeputhomi, Advisor to Nagaland Government on Tourism and Chris Lehane, Head of Global Policy and Communications of Airbnb. Announcing the partnership, Chief Minister Rio said: “Considering that North-East India is the country’s gateway to South East Asia, the integration and development of the region is crucial for India’s continued progress. The importance of economic development in the North-East for inclusive growth of India and the central role of tourism in the region to put India on the global tourism map, has been reiterated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on several occasions".
"Nagaland is a treasure trove of tourism, offering a plethora of unique experiences and Airbnb’s global platform will augment the tourist growth rate. As our official accommodation partner for Hornbill Festival, we look forward to working with Airbnb to welcome more international and domestic tourists to Nagaland," he said.
While the Hornbill festival is already one of the top tourist attractions in Nagaland, Airbnb is expected to help further promote the festival to its audience of international travellers, the source said.(UNI)