Day 3 of the Hornbill Festival saw various tribal communities performing their traditional dances

Kohima: Keeping in mind the growing tourist footfall, the Nagaland government is now trying to promote the development of homestays and paying guest accommodations across the state, says the annual administrative report of 2017-18 of the state’s tourism department.

Promotion of these homestays will not just give visiting tourists the opportunity to get a first-hand experience of the Naga way of life but also help to boost the local economy, said the report.

Apart from its largest city of Dimapur and its capital Kohima, which house a few hotels and other commercial lodging facilities, other parts of Nagaland lack sufficient tourist accommodation facilities. Sensing this dearth of accommodation and increasing tourist inflow, more and more entrepreneurs and private players are coming up to tackle this major setback.

The state tourism department’s annual administrative report 2017-18, also emphasises on innovative tourism destinations combined with appropriate marketing and publicity strategy to attract private investments in the hospitality and tourism business.

As part of its tourism drive in the state, the government is also promoting the concept of community-based rural tourism, and holding training and workshops to improve local participation. It also includes community tour operations, cultural tourist activities, curio shops displaying local handloom and handicrafts, woodwork, traditional cuisines, creativity in showcasing cultural music, dances, among other things.

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