Thursday, February 2, 2023

23rd Hornbill Festival all set to begin tomorrow


The 23rd edition of Hornbill Festival is all set to begin on December 1 evening at Naga Heritage Village Kisama.
Addressing a press conference at the office of Directorate of Tourism here on Tuesday evening, Tourism, Art and Culture adviser H. Khehovi Yepthomi said the 10-day event was lined up with visits of VVIPs and other dignitaries.
As reported in Nagaland Post, Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar would inaugurate the festival as the chief guest, while governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi and chief minister Nagaland Neiphiu Rio would be the chief host and host respectively while H. Khehovi Yepthomi will be the festival host. The tribal guest for festival will be Yekhüsu Tureng from Porbami village under Phek district.
Other honoured guests for the festival include Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of Bulgaria to India Eleonora Dimitrova, Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’ Farrel Ao; Trade Commissioner for South Asia and British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India Alan Gemmell and director of External Affairs South Asia office Rickitt Ravi Bhatnagar.
According to the adviser, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Shillong; Amrendra Kumar will be the guest on December 3, while executive director and state head of Indian Oil Corporation G Ramesh would be the special guest on December 4.
All India Football Federation president Kalyan Chaubey would be the special guest on December 5 and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Hari Kumar would be the special guest on December 7.
The adviser also informed the media that some sponsors for the event included SBI, Indian Oil, Toyota and Tata Motors.
On the occasion, the adviser also released the Hornbill Festival 2022 handbook. Altogether 132 stalls will be set up for the 10-day event.
He also informed that the Centre as planning to hold the G20 Summit at Naga Heritage Village, scheduled to be held in April 2023,
Tourist footfall: According to the Tourism department’s record, the State had a tourist footfall of 2,43,214 in 2017, out of which 2,401 were foreigners, 38,700 were domestic and 2,02,113 local tourists.
In 2018, there were 2,51,701 tourists, out of which 2,702 were foreign visitors, 37,397 domestic and 2,11,602 were local tourists, while in 2019 the total number stood at 2,82,811 out of which 3,015 were foreign visitors, 55,584 were domestic and 2,24,212 were local tourists.
During the four-day festival in 2021, there were 56,356 tourists, which included 54 foreign, 14,538 domestic and 41,764 local tourists.
Rs 5 crore for festival: Like in previous years, the adviser said Rs 5 crore had been sanctioned for Hornbill festival.
Asked whether the Tourism Department had set any prices at least for perishable items, food and drinks since their prices at the heritage village skyrocketed during the festival, he said the department had no control over the prices considering the different items and cuisines each tribe provided.
When asked about exorbitant prices of items charged at the festival citing the example of the cost of a bottled water, he replied that since the water available at Kisama was “organic”, the rate may have been costly.
Officials from the Tourism and Art & Culture departments were also present at the press meet.

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