Workshop series for aspiring entrepreneurs in tourism from 04 July


Gangtok, 29 Jun:

Entrepreneurs’ Hub and Consultation Centre [EHCC] is organising a workshop-cum-interaction programme, “Tourism for Entrepreneurship Development”, in all four districts for tourism entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and students of Sikkim.

The workshop mainly aims to bring all aspiring, amateur and established entrepreneurs of the State together on a single platform for sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas along with hands-on training.

The organisers have invited all young aspiring entrepreneurs, youth and students of the State to take full advantage of the event.

The workshop will be held in two different phases. The first phase will be held for South and West districts and will be followed by another phase for East and North districts.

The series of workshops will be starting from Yangyang Senior Secondary School in South Sikkim on 04 Jul which will be followed by another workshop at Namchi community hall on 05 Jul, at Kaluk on 07 Jul and at Dentam on 08 Jul.

Addressing a press conference here today, a young entrepreneur from EHCC, Rewaj Chettri, mentioned that the main idea of the event is to bring experienced and established tourism stakeholders of the State and outside to interact and share their vast knowledge and experiences in different areas of tourism with aspiring entrepreneurs, youth and students of the State. He mentioned that different government departments, organisations and tourism stakeholders have been supporting the event.

Mr Chettri informed that representatives from Booking.com will also be interacting with participants and will provide hands-on training. He stated that the event will also explain the objective and benefits of the Start Up programme introduced by the State Government for youth in different corners of the State.

“The event is just an introduction of the Entrepreneurs’ Hub and we will follow-up and provide all possible help and support to those interested in establishing a business of their own,” Mr Chettri said.

An entrepreneur from Yangyang, Robin Basnet, stated that it is a small effort to make big impact. He added that the event aims at promoting Sikkim as a twelve-month tourism destination by creating huge manpower in this sector. The workshop is free and open for all and interested participants can directly attend the workshop on the said venues.

Another woman entrepreneur, Karishma Pradhan, said, “We will sit with them and make them understand all about entrepreneurship through hands-on training in the areas of their interest. It is a very good opportunity for young aspiring entrepreneurs and students to learn from the vast knowledge and experiences of established entrepreneurs through direct interaction.”

She encouraged women to develop their skills through such events and to take full advantage of immense opportunities in entrepreneurship and tourism.

Likewise, a Travel Agents Association of Sikkim [TAAS] representative, Bikash Gadaily, mentioned that Sikkim has become a tourism hub so the main idea of the event is to encourage stakeholders towards quality and sustainable tourism.

He added that the training will also provide inputs in proper documentation and other procedure required to start a business.

Speaking on the immense opportunities in tourism, he expressed that youngsters can be self-reliant and self-employed through tourism sector.