Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 08:30 [IST]
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SILIGURI, : Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, also the Association for Conservation of Tourism (ACT) brand ambassador, has suggested the Sikkim and Bengal governments along with tourism stakeholders to start joint venture programmes to revive tourism.
Bhaichung was speaking at the inaugural function of World Tourism Day Festival 2021 and 2nd Homestay Congress at Siliguri on Saturday.
“Due to Covid pandemic, tourism sector has suffered badly. Now since the situation slowly is getting better with very low cases of corona, it is time to revive tourism. Nearly 70 per cent of people in Sikkim and North Bengal are dependent on tourism,” said Bhaichung.
“I think North Bengal and Sikkim should start reviving tourism as soon as possible. We need to have strategy to revive tourism. It can be a joint venture between Sikkim and Bengal governments to make sure that tourism is revived properly so that livelihoods in Sikkim and North Bengal comes back to normal,” said Bhaichung.
ACT convener Raj Basu said tourists have now understood Covid protocols and have become habituated to the present situation. Tourists don't want to go to crowded areas or stay in hotels but staying in homestays in remote villages will be their lifetime experience, he said.
Six homestay owners of Sikkim from Tinkitam, Yangang, Tashiding and Aritar participated in the homestay congress.