A tourism training programme that was part of a Gorkhaland Territorial Administration’s initiative was recently conducted by Kurseong-based Enchanting Himalaya Adventure on behalf of the council’s tourism department.
In a press release, Enchanting Himalaya Adventure director cum course coordinator Jeetu Giri said given the commendable work being undertaken by the GTA tourism department to develop tourism in the hills, a workshop cum training programme in terms of rural tourism was conducted from July 18 to 21 by EHA covering Gorubathan block of Kalimpong sub-division and that Dalgaon and Gairibas near Rongo.
The event witnessed active participation of more than 30 people hailing from various remote areas of Gorubathan block. It focused on developing tourism prospects along with human resource with an aim to provide economic benefits to the locals and also to raise awareness of social responsibility and conservation of the ecology.
Giri informed the training programme was launched by Chandra Yonzon, GTA sabhasad of the 43rd constituency, who expressed gratitude to EHA for making its expertise public. Representing the cinchona industry was RB Chettri and he was present in the capacity of special invitee to inspire the trainees.
Training coordinator Babit Gurung started the introductory training session with the assistance of Bhopal Raj Shrestha from Kathmandu, Nepal. Resource persons from Mirik such as Aaswini Tamang, Sanjiv Thapa, KK Singh and Navin Tamang from Mineral Spring also shared their valuable experiences. Assistant directors Suresh Chettri, Devendra Sinha and Shankar Lama were also present to guide the trainees. The four-day residential programme was also supported by Sangram Sotang and Prajwal Tamang, pioneers of home-stay units in Dalgaon.
Besides gaining knowledge about rural tourism and home stays, the trainees picked up valuable information on sanitation, community development, safety and first aid and waste management. Towards the programme’s end, certificates and mementos were distributed to the trainees by Giri. (EOIC)