Manipur, with its salubrious climate, topographical mystique, cultural heritage and sublime natural beauty has an enormous tourism potential. In fact, the state of Manipur has immense tourism and commercial potential and destined to be a commercial hub and tourist hots spots in South-East Asia. Thus, developing Manipur’s tremendous tourism potential could help generate a range of employment opportunities for the local people which may reduce the burden of unemployment problem to a great extend in Manipur.
Manipur is known for its sporting talents, especially in the field of Boxing, Football, Archery, mixed Martial arts along with our traditional games like Mukna, MuknaKangjei, Kang Sanaba, Thang Ta, SaritSara, YubiLakpi apart from Polo which was originated from Manipur. Similarly the cultural talents in the field of music (Pena, Khunung Eshei, KhonjomParva etc.), dances (Ras Lila, LeimaJagoi, ThougalJagoi, Khamba ThoibiJagoi and many other tribal dances), drama, Sumang Lila, cinema and many other art forms are unique in the state of Manipur. Not only these it won’t be exaggerated to say that Manipur has a unique festival in every month, like Holi (Yaosang) in the month of March, Lai Haraoba, generally in the month of April/May, RathaYatra in the month of June/July, Krishnajarma/RadhaJarma in the month of August/September, DrugaPuja, Diwali &Ningol Chaokouaba in the month of October /November, Christmas, Kut and Gan Ngai in the month of December /January. All these are very important components for the attraction of tourists. In this line, with a good hope and high expectation, Manipur Government is putting maximum efforts at its wits-end and has been organizing Manipur SANGAI TOURISM FESTIVAL since 2010 to draw the tourists. Over and above to this, government of Manipur sponsored in organizing SHIRUI FESTIVAL at Ukhrul and BARAK FESTIVAL at Senapati.
At the same time, under the aegis of State Horticulture Department, many horticulture product based festivals like Orange Festival, Lemon Festival, Pineapple Festival, Chile Festival, Ginger Festival etc. have been organizing at different places of Manipur. These Festivals not only aimed to promote and encourage the farmers to increase yield of the agro and horticulture based products but also aimed to attract domestic as well as foreign tourists and foreign buyers and investors. But a big question mark is that; whether these Festivals achieved its objectives and motto set for or not? It will be right to say that despite State Tourism Department and other line Department of the Government of Manipur organized a number of tourism cum product based festivals, it fails to achieve its goal and objective. One reason could be; these festival are something like VIP show case rather public oriented one as opined by many.