Panth attends Tourism ministers’ conference at Delhi

Wed, Aug 21, 2019

NEW DELHI: Tourism minister B.S. Panth and additional chief secretary Dr. K. Jayakumar participated in the State Tourism Ministers Conference in New Delhi organised by the Ministry of Tourism today.
During the conference, Sikkim showcased and presented to the delegates the progressive initiatives taken by the State and several best practices adopted to promote tourism and enhance experience of travellers visiting the state. The conference was attended by Tourism ministers and secretaries of twenty States.
Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel addressed the delegates and emphasized on the need for enhanced levels of coordination across the states and agencies of the States, in facilitating travellers and providing them unique and memorable experiences. He stressed on the need for improved and updated information to tourists.
The conference saw the launch of One Stop Portal Solution for tourism-related services, presentations on adventure tourism, homestay guidelines and on the status of projects under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes.
In the context of improving quality of services to tourists and travellers offered by Homestays /B&B establishments, it was pointed out by ACS during the conference that it would be necessary to develop a framework for assessment of the quality of services, and certifications, so as to build aspirations in the homestay owners to continuously improve their rating.
Also, it was submitted that the compilation and publishing of a handbook would help guide the homestay owners as to the manner in which the quality of services can be improved, the efforts that need to be undertaken by them, pathways to add or augment the portfolio of services like adding nature trails, ethnic food, entertainment, shopping and avenues for making travellers experience local customs, traditions and lifestyles.
The Tourism minister highlighted the problems and challenges faced by the State of Sikkim in augmenting tourist facilities in the State, especially the need for resources to support the operations and management of the tourist assets and facilities.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi