In a bid to expand its presence in the Northeast region of the counrty, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) has appointed Oken Tayeng as its Chairman for the Northeastern states, excluding Sikkim and West Bengal.

Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu took to twitter to congratulate the new Chairman. “Congratulations Shri @oken_tayeng ji for making the presence of ATOAI in the Northeast and best wishes for @ATOAIexplaore,” the minister tweeted.

The Managing Diretor of Aborcountry Travels & Expeditions, Arunachal, Tayeng mentioned that he would be conducting tourism activities in Northeast in a regulated and eco-friendly manner.

Vinayak Koul, Honorary Secretary of the association said that they are confident that ATOAI will be able to have a strong presence with tourism fraternity in the Northeast under Tayeng’s leadership. He further mentioned that one of the main tasks of their association was to increase footprint in this potent area for adventure travel.

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Tayeng’s Chapter will also be responsible for growing their network of members and learning best practices, alongside creating new business opportunities for them.

The new Chairman, Tayeng, mentioned that it is highly imperative that all adventure tourism activities are conducted within alignment to ATOAI with sustainability and following safety standards.

“Post Covid with the expected post pandemic boom in the tourism sector, the Northeast region will be where everyone will be headed for tourism as the region is emerging as the new sought-after destination for both domestic and international travellers,” sayed Tayeng.

He emphasized on the need to conduct these activities in an eco-friendly and regulated manner so that the Northeast does not fall prey to irresponsible tourism like most parts in the country.

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