Will attract more people, says Nagaland CM
The biggest indigenous festival of the Northeast and the annual tourism promotional festival organised by the Nagaland government — The Hornbill Festival — has so far attracted over 1.60-lakh visitors, including foreign tourists, who thronged the picturesque Naga heritage village, some 12 km from the State capital.
The Tourism Department figures indicated that the 10-day-long festivities, which entered the eighth day on Sunday, witnessed 1,61,784 tourists, including 1,347 foreign tourists, 14,237 domestic tourists and 1,311,35 locals.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the festivities at Kisama, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that there had an been overwhelming response from tourists and other people.
He hoped more number of people would be visiting the festival in the years to come.
He said Nagaland had become a safe destination for tourists who during the festival could witness the beautiful culture and tradition of different tribes of the State.
The festival, inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on December 1, will conclude on Tuesday evening.