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Sikkim Winter Carnival 2013: Core Committee Meeting Held At Capital

Posted on: Wednesday, 18th December 2013

Following the decision of the Core Committee meeting constituted to host the Sikkim Winter Carnival 2013 at Gangtok, Sikkim, a delegation involving of Sikkim Tourism, TAAS & SHRA organised a Promotional Meet on Sikkim Winter Carnival 2013 and future promotion of Sikkim at centrally located venue (FLOATEL, Kolkata) on date 14th December 2013.

The event was organised by SIKKIM TOURISM in coordination with TAAS & SH&RA where a large numbers of invitees constituting Government officials, Travel Writes, Journalist, Press & Media, Local Televisions, Photo Journalists, Tour Operators, Confederation of Indian Industry, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Sikkim lovers etc. were present to witness the promotion of Sikkim Winter Carnival 2013 which had presentations on Sikkim Winter Carnival 2013, its main features, activities for tourist which was presented by Mr. Randip Khati- a senior tour operator. Overview of Destination of Sikkim, various activities like adventure, pilgrimage tourism, Eco- & village tourism etc was presented by TAAS President- Satish Bardewa. President, Sikkim Hotel & Restaurant Association (SH&RA ) in her address conveyed the greetings from people of Sikkim to the gathering and announced Forty percent (40%) discount to the tourist during the Festival at hotels of Sikkim upon booking through the local tour operators of Sikkim. An interesting audio- visual presentation on Sikkim Tourism was delivered by TAAS Vice President- Mr. Jeetendra Lama. Shri. B.B. Mukherjee, The Regional Director, Eastern Region, Ministry of Tourism who was also the Chief Guest of the function appreciated the Department of Sikkim Tourism for the initiatives taken to organise such Festivals and also offered all assistance & help to Sikkim Tourism in all print publications of “Incredible India” to highlight and further include a comprehensive information on Sikkim covering more details on overall destinations & its updates of Sikkim. He has suggested TAAS President to follow up the matter with Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism at New Delhi.

TAAS President , in his address mentioned that it is because of the effort of the Government of Sikkim with active stakeholders that Sikkim has been able to come amongst Top 10 region to visit tin 2014. He further mentioned that Lonely Planet has recognised Sikkim as Most cleanest State in India, sustainable Community based Tourism practice in Sikkim, most innovative Tourism projects in State, eco- friendly policies such as Plastic free State & Ban on open Smoking, Proposed Organic State by 2017, New airport secluded to be open by Dec 2014, he also informed the gathering about the Hon’ble Chief Minister plan to build 100 different destinations in Sikkim. TAAS President also mentioned that we have chosen Kolkata as the venue as the State of Bengal has most active explorers and Sikkim have always been a good host as well as Sikkim is their nearest getaway holiday destination. TAAS President mentioned that it is not just the Sikkim Winter carnival 2013 but the future promotion of Sikkim is what we are looking forward to & the support of TAAB is sought for.

Vice President – Travel Agent’s Association of Bengal Mr. Kaushik Kaur in his speech mentioned that Bengal and Sikkim not only share a Common gateway for the tourist to Eastern region but also share a strong bonding of Friendship & Brotherhood. It was proposed that an immediate between TAAS & TAAB be organised to discuss the common issues and how to go about the future promotion of Tourism in Sikkim. Travel Agent’s Association of Bengal (TAAB) has also invited TAAS for a FAM trip to Sundarbans this winter.

During the Welcome Speech by the Assistant Director, Sikkim Tourism- Kolkata, Ms. Chewang Pulger, welcome the entire guest to Sikkim and stressed that Sikkim has already become destinations for all seasons.

During an open House discussion, most of the invitees suggested that Sikkim Tourism should organise such Carnival every year thus by making it a yearly event and the visitors can plan their schedule well in advance as well tour operators can also market and publicise in their itinerary.

TAAS President has invited travel writers, photo journalist and tour operators from TAAB to Sikkim Winter Carnival. It was also proposed that 20 Tour operators from Malaysia want to visit Sikkim in January for the future promotion of Sikkim. TAAS President assured that the same will be informed and submitted to the Hon’ble Minister Tourism and Secretary Tourism to coordinate the FAM trip planning as desired by the Malaysian Tour operators.

The function ended with the Vote of Thanks by TAAS Vice President- Mr. Jeetendra Lama.

 

News Source : http://voiceofsikkim.com

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