March 1, 2021

Strong homestay network will support ‘Aatmanirbhar’ rural communities: Tourism minister Prahlad Patel | India News – Times of India

DARJEELING: With a view to advertise employment within the journey and tourism sector after the coronavirus pandemic crippled companies, Union tourism and tradition minister Prahlad Patel on Monday launched the tourism ministry’s marketing campaign to advertise homestays throughout the nation, which he stated will give a leg as much as rural ‘Aatmanirbharta (self-dependence)’.
Patel additionally introduced the organising of a ‘Tourism Freeway’ – a 250 kilometre-long circuit containing 13 locations – below which the ministry has partnered with Google to determine and geotag monuments of relevance alongside nationwide and state highways, prompting highway travellers to go to India’s lesser-known cultural, archaeological and non secular websites. He added that the Archaeological Survey of India has began the method of relisting ASI-protected state monuments, an initiative that can enable public to suggest lesser-known monuments for attainable inclusion in ASI’s protected record.
Launching the three-day ability upgradation coaching workshop for homestays within the Darjeeling area, the primary of a sequence that will likely be rolled out in the remainder of India, Patel additionally stated house stays will help off-beat, experiential tourism along with rising choices for the home and worldwide vacationers.
Whereas the Darjeeling launch of the homestay workshop ties in with the approaching meeting polls in West Bengal, the place Patel has been campaigning over the previous few days, the selection of Darjeeling for the workshop, he stated was not a political one. “There was no politics in my thoughts after I selected Darjeeling. It’s an previous and widespread vacationer vacation spot which wants assist to develop and develop into higher,” he stated.
The minister additionally urged journey service suppliers to register themselves on the ministry’s Nationwide Built-in Database of Hospitality Trade (NIDHI) portal, saying that the great register of hospitality lodging would assist journey companies discover shoppers throughout the globe.
Talking to TOI, President of the Journey and Tourism Affiliation of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Surjan Pradhan, stated, “We had requested the minister for a coaching module of this sort as a result of homestay companies in Darjeeling, although already widespread, are very fragmented. The intention, by this, is to up the requirements and create an umbrella organisation for them, with the tourism ministry’s assist.”
On Monday, Patel additionally inaugurated the Tradition ministry’s three-day Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, which he stated will present a platform to advertise native expertise and popularise the music, dances and tradition of the hills amongst a wider viewers.

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