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In a recent event, the president of the Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) underscored the global significance of the travel and tourism industry. Undoubtedly, this sector is a major player in the world economy, wielding substantial economic and employment impact and it is likely to remain a key driver of economic growth and development in the future. In 2022, travel and tourism directly contributed an estimated 7.7 trillion USD to global GDP, representing roughly 7.6% of the total. Tourism is a significant job creator, employing an estimated 330 million people worldwide directly, which amounts to about 10% of all jobs globally. This puts it among the top job-generating industries. The global travel and tourism market is projected to reach 8.9 trillion USD by 2026. This projected increase highlights the industry’s potential for further expansion. The tourism industry is expected to see continued growth in the coming years, especially in emerging economies. This makes it a promising sector for future investment and job creation.

However, like any other industry in Nagaland, the travel and tourism industry is also at its nascent stage. When it comes to Mokokchung, it can be argued that the industry is still yet to be fully conceived. Despite this, Mokokchung stands as an unpolished gem with the latent potential to evolve into a prominent hill station. As the travel industry evolves, Mokokchung’s unique blend of culture, natural beauty, and tranquility positions it as a promising destination for those seeking an escape from the bustling urban life. The prospects of Mokokchung as a hill station are not merely speculative but grounded in its inherent charm and the opportunities it offers for sustainable tourism.

The lush greenery, pleasant climate, rich cultural heritage, and panoramic views make Mokokchung an ideal candidate for development as a hill station. With an average elevation of around 1,320 meters above sea level, Mokokchung boasts a refreshing climate that provides respite from the sweltering heat of the plains. This climatic advantage, coupled with the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills, forms a solid foundation for envisioning Mokokchung as a haven for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and tourists at large.

Traditionally, people in various regions have sought solace in nearby hill stations—be it Mussoorie for Delhiites, Lonavala for Mumbaikars, Coorg for Bangaloreans, Darjeeling for Kolkatans, or Shillong for Guwahatians. Mokokchung has the potential to be the hill station of choice for residents of Jorhat, among others. Popular hill stations like Shimla in the north or Kodaikanal and Ooty in the south thrive due to their proximity to major urban hubs. Mokokchung, with its unique offerings, has the opportunity to become a similar retreat.

Mokokchung’s prospects as a hill station are not only promising but also grounded in its inherent beauty and cultural richness. As the world searches for destinations that offer a perfect blend of nature, culture, and tranquility, Mokokchung stands poised to emerge as a sought-after hill station. By embracing sustainable tourism practices, preserving its natural and cultural heritage, and investing in necessary infrastructure, Mokokchung can carve its niche on the global tourism map, inviting travelers to experience the serenity and allure of Mokokchung.

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