Shillong, Sep 27: On the auspicious occasion of World Tourism Day 2023, Kongthong Village, East Khasi Hills district, has been bestowed with the prestigious title of “Best Tourism Village 2023” at the esteemed National Tourism Awards, a commendation presented annually by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
The grand ceremony took place on Wednesday at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The distinguished award was presented to Kongthong Village by V. Vidyavathi, IAS, the esteemed Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, recognizing the village’s outstanding efforts in promoting tourism and preserving cultural heritage.
Kongthong Village of Khat-ar shnong also known as the Whistling Village of India, has been a shining beacon in the tourism sector. In an era when people generally communicate through mobile phones, video chats, and text messages, the people of Kongthong communicate among themselves through whistling and using different musical tunes to call each other. This is a tradition that has been alive since time immemorial. This unique method of communication makes this isolated village renowned around the world.
The National Tourism Awards, 2023 programme organized at Bharat Mandapam by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to mark the World Tourism Day, 2023. Kongthong Village, Meghalaya, has been awarded the bronze medal for Best Tourism Village, 2023 by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The award was received by Bah Rothell Kongsit of Kongthong village at New Delhi today.
The National Tourism Awards are presented to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, including State Governments in recognition of their performance in their respective fields and also to encourage healthy competition with an aim to promote tourism. These Awards have over the years emerged as a prestigious recognition of achievements in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors.
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