Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operators’ Association holds programme on the eve of World Tourism Day

Published on : Tuesday, September 29, 2020

“Fiscal incentive” for stakeholders in the tourism industry, which has been hit harshly by the Covid-19 pandemic, is under consideration of the Union Government, according to the Regional Director (East) India Tourism, Sagnik Chowdhary.

Mr. Chowdhury said that they have sent several representations to the tourism ministry. “Stakeholders across the country have also submitted representations to Delhi. As far as I have come to know, our ministry has sent a composite report to the Union Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce, and both are working on it. In fact, it is under the inter-ministerial process and fiscal incentive schemes are under consideration,” Chowdhury said.

Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operators’ Association (EHTTOA), the largest platform in East and North East India, held a programme, ‘New Horizon (Naya Sabera),’ on the eve of World Tourism Day.

While addressing the programme, Mr. Chowdhury encouraged stakeholders in the region for restarting the industry in the post-pandemic period and enquired if they are ready for a revival.

Chowdhury urged everyone to bring in meaningful development in ecotourism by preservation and conservation of eco systems, by using organic items and getting rid of plastic.

Addressing the gathering, director of the International Institute of Advance Studies (IIAS), Dr. Angshuman Chatterjee said, “Travelers, who were confined in their homes due to the pandemic, will come out in large numbers to take revenge against corona virus and it would definitely increase business in the future.” Mr. Chowdhury said that this would be a great opportunity for restarting the industry.

Padmashree Karimul Hoque, popularly known as ‘Ambulance dada,’ also addressed the programme and urged tour operators to educate a group of youths so that they can provide ‘first aid’ immediately after recognizing suspected Covid-19 tourists.

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