The Department of Tourism, Government of Mizoram was bifurcated from the Department of Information and Public Relations only in 1987. Its main function has been development of tourism and its allied activities and building basic infrastructure for Tourists. The Department has a Directorate but no District office in the State. From its inception, it has been concentrating in building tourist infrastructure for accommodation as well as recreation facilities. It has developed a number of Tourist Lodges, Highway Restaurants and Picnic spots all over the State through financial assistance from the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
The Departmentâ€™s main thrust area has been the construction of basic accommodation for Tourists visiting the State and development of recreational facilities for tourists. In addition to this, the department has been running the various Tourist Lodges and Highway restaurants in the State, meeting the demands of accommodation-al needs of the Government as well as the general public and the Tourists visiting the State. The Department has now completed 42 Tourist Lodges and Highway Restaurants, which are being managed by the Department.
In spite of limited Officers and Ministerial staff as well as operational staff for manning these various Tourist Lodges and Highway Restaurants, the Department has within a short period of time, achieved a commendable record. The name â€˜Mizoramâ€™ has been brought to the notice of the traveling crowd, both domestic as well as foreign travelers.
The Department with its limited allocation of fund has performed to the best of its ability in promoting Tourism. It has been working in making the State, Mizoram as the next destination of the new millennium. The rich and diverse cultural heritage, the abundance of flora and fauna, the possibility of development of Wildlife Tourism and the development of Adventure Tourism, makes Mizoram very attractive to the Tourism sector.