Shillong, August 16 : Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma inaugurated “The Travellers Nest”, a tourism amenities project in Kyiem village in Mawphlang, East Khasi Hills on Wednesday.

The Travellers Nest has five cottages and a restaurant to cater to the need of visitors. Mawphlang is known for its sacred grove and is a sought-after tourism destination, about 28 km from Shillong.

Inaugurating the infrastructure, CM Sangma highlighted the importance of community engagement in driving the state’s economic model. “Our strength lies in community involvement, which we are leveraging for our economic model,” he emphasized.

He also expressed optimism about the role of initiatives like “The Travellers Nest” in promoting tourism in the state. “Tourism is a key sector for us. Our goal is to create close to one lakh job opportunities in the sector through various interventions by stakeholders,” he added.

CM Sangma also launched the CM Elevate program, which offers substantial subsidies ranging from 30% to 75% for projects initiated by different entrepreneurs, self-help groups, and other entities. “The goal of the program is to invigorate the economy through diverse initiatives, from cinema halls to health clubs and tourism projects,” he said.

He also flagged off eight Prime Tourism Vehicles, which will be used to promote tourism in the state.

CM Sangma expressed confidence that Meghalaya’s relentless efforts would result in a prosperous and sustainable future. “We are on a path to success, and our progress is underpinned by community participation and collaboration. Together, we are shaping a brighter tomorrow for Meghalaya,” he exhorted.