Guwahati – 5 days intensive online training on Tourism, the first of its kind in the North East India organised by India Tourism concluded on Friday with a power packed presentation by Brig J S Rajpurohit and Ambalika SB Choudhury.
Brig emphasized on the cultural richness of Northeast which can be used to the benefit of tourism development. He encouraged the entrepreneurs to explore the webi-tourism area and to collaborate with local artisans, handicrafts etc. He also said that MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference & Events) tourism is likely to rise in future.
Ph.D research scholar Ambalika S B Choudhury said that destination branding would be the call of the hour and innovations and modifications in the business models will have to be made to survive and thrive in this trying times. In Northeast, the demand for nature based tourism or eco-tourism will be there. She encouraged entrepreneurs to try different concepts like WWOOFING, village tourism, gastronomic tourism and wellness tourism.
During earlier session S S Devburman Regional Director(NE) Ministry of Tourism briefed the participants about Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC) programme. He encouraged the youths to enrol under IITFC programme and get the certification from the Ministry of Tourism. He also said that it is an opportunity for the Northeast region to attract domestic tourists because of less number of Covid-19 cases compared to other parts of India.
Tsering Wange Founder of Himalayan Holidays said that more such training is being planned to enhance and up-skill the youths in the field of tourism. He thanked the Ministry of Tourism, guest speakers, content & course curators and the participants for making the first ever online tourism training a grand success.
The online tourism training was conducted by India Tourism Guwahati, Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Himalayan Holidays.
This is what the participants had to say about the online training programme –
E Banlumlang Blah, President North East India Tourism Confederation: Excellent program especially for Tourism stake holders and students of Tourism
David Solo, Kohima Nagaland: The course was innovative and interesting and can be a monthly event to encourage and enable younger people to join the tourism industry.
Bhaskar Das, Jalpaiguri : It was a great online course. Well managed and coordinated by the
organisers. Very informative delivery of knowledge by the speakers with great interactive session.
Leki Tsering, Tawang: For me tourism was just a word before I attended this course. I never took tourism seriously. But, now I learnt many types of tourism and how experts are trying to come up with new concepts to overcome from this pandemic like Quarantine Tourism etc.
For the first time I got an opportunity to listen to experts like Ambalika S B Choudhury mam, Brig. J. S. Rajpurohit sir and the most experienced person in tourism industry none other than Tsering Wange. The online certified tourism course has given me lots of knowledge and I am sure that its going to make a big difference in my life. I extend my heartfelt thanks to one and all.
Ritutipal Bordoloi (Tourist Route INDIA): It was an updated course module and very
student friendly instructor. Personally I feel organizers may think of a course on Marketing
in Travel & Tourism in the near future. It will be a helping hand for us.