The Tourism Department Govt.of Meghalaya is the administrative Department. It is responsible to oversee and co-ordinate the function of the Directorate of Tourism and the Meghalaya Tourism Dev. Corporation Ltd., so as to ensure uniform implementation of Governmental procedures.
The Tourism Department normally confines itself to general policies Direction, Legislation, Assembly business inter departmental matters and review assessment of execution of policy and scheme. The day to day execution and implementation of the schemes are normally left to the Head of Department.
A Department is a part of the Secretariat specified as such in the Rules of Executives Business of the Govt. of Meghalaya is responsible for the formulation of the policy of Govt. within its sphere of responsibility and for the reviews and assessment of the execution of that policy.
The Directorate of Tourism was created during the year 1972, prior to which Tourist Information Centers were already established at New Delhi and Kolkata. in the year 1970.Other Tourist Information Centers at Tura, Guwahati, Baghmara and Jowai were established during 1975, 1978 and 2001 respectively.
The Directorate’s initiative is to provide adequate services and infrastructural facilities for enhancing tourist traffic and generate revenue for the state. The Directorate is taking steps to upgrade the tourist infrastructure, identify new tourist spots and improve the existing ones. The aim of the Directorate is to provide tourist amenities like accommodation, transport, etc. and place Meghalaya on the world Tourist Map.
The Directorate promotes tourism in the state and implements various schemes for the benefit of the visiting tourists. With this in view, a technical cell has been created recently to monitor various tourism projects. Promotional activities are being organised in the form of festivals, participation in fairs, exhibitions, marts, holding of awareness programs and publicity campaigns through advertisements in the print and electronic media.