Mega Homestay Development & Training Workshop inaugurated by Tourism Minister at Darjeeling
Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the three days Incredible India Mega Homestay Development & Training Workshop in Darjeeling, West Bengal on 22 FEB. Ministry of Tourism’s India Tourism Regional Office (East) has organized this workshop from 22nd -24th February 2021 in association with the Eastern Himalayas Travel and Tour Operator Association (Resource Partner) and IIAS School of Management (Knowledge Partner) to enrich the hospitality skills of the Homestay owners of the region to ensure a better experience for the tourists.
Speaking on the occasion Prahlad Singh Patel said, “The Eastern Himalayan part of West Bengal is one of the most significant tourist destinations in India. The presence of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (UNESCO World Heritage) and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute also signifies the importance of the queen of hills. Over the period a new phenomenon i.e. Homestay has become a popular concept in the hills and thousands of locals have transformed their houses into a home-stay option in order to cater to the growing demand from the tourists.”
Patel also explained how in the time of the Covid crisis several meetings with State Tourism Ministers and stakeholders were held to help the tourism industry people. Union Minister also said that in a very short time, a portal was started to register hotels so that they observe Covid related SoPs and inspire confidence among the tourists.
“Development of homestays through hospitality skill upgradation will make local communities Atmanirbhar” added Patel
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