Manipur parliamentary secretary for tourism and sports Mairembam Prithviraj told the Union minister of tourism, Sripad Yesso Naik, to take up the matter with the civil aviation ministry.
Speaking at the national conference of tourism ministers in New Delhi recently, Prithviraj said the Imphal airport has been converted into an international facility. Union minister for finance and defence Arun Jaitley was also present.
Organized as part of the government's 100 days' action plan, the objective of the conference was to initiate high-level discussions on important issues faced by the tourism industry.
Prithviraj has also asked the Union tourism minister for starting the proposed Imphal-Mandalay bus service soon. He has proposed to set up an international travel and tourism mart in October 2015 and invited the tourism minister to be the chief guest at the Manipur Sangai Festival. The state has been organizing the festival since 2010.
"The festival (Sangai) is becoming increasingly popular with each passing year. The last edition of the event witnessed a large number of participants from Myanmar, including the two CMs of Sagaing and Mandalay regions of Myanmar. Polo teams from the US, UK, France, Germany and Thailand participated in the 7th Manipur International Polo Tournament held at Imphal Pologround as a part of the Sangai Festival. "We are planning to make the eigth edition of the tournament more eventful by inviting more participants," said Prithviraj.
The parliamentary secretary talked about the Manipur government's initiative to develop tourism infrastructure in the state which includes developing a hotel into a five-star. The tourism circuit should cover destinations from Imphal to Jessami, Imphal to Mao, Imphal to Moreh and Imphal to Churachandpur.
He also stated that the Manipur Tourism Policy, 2014, has been formulated with a view to propel the industry.