Gangtok, 03 Sept:
West Sikkim is all set to host the State level World Tourism Day 2018 celebration on the theme ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’ this month. Although the World Tourism Day falls on 27 Sept,a series of activities will be starting this week itself. The main function of the World Tourism Day will be held on 26-27 Sept at PellingSenior Secondary School ground in West Sikkim.
The celebration is being organised jointly by Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, West District Administration and West District Tourism Society [WDTS] with the support of tourism stakeholders of West Sikkim.
A state-level celebration committee has been constituted headed by Tourism Minister, Ugen T Gyatso Bhutia, and UDHD Minister, NK Subba, as the chief patron and other MLAs of West district as patrons. The committee has District Collector [West], Dr AB Karki, as chairperson, WDTS president, Karma Chuki Bhutia, as vice-chairperson, and WDTS general secretary,SushilTamang, as working president.
Addressing a press conference here today, celebration committee vice-chairperson, Ms Bhutia, stated that it is a big opportunity for tourism stakeholders of West Sikkim to host the State-level World Tourism Day for the first time in West district. She mentioned that West Sikkim has been naturally blessed having world heritage site, Kanchenjunga National Park, along with wide variety of flora and fauna. She added that other historical sites and monuments and important monasteries of Sikkim are also there in the district which depict the history of Sikkim.
“So this is a golden opportunity for us to promote tourism interest places of West Sikkim nationally and internationally. We are all set to further develop and promote our tourism globally through different activities throughout this month,” she said.
She stated that the initiative will also encourage local youth to enter the field of tourism to take full benefit of opportunities present in this sector.
A member of the committee, NosangLimboo, who is also the president of Sikkim Ornithological Society, mentioned that the celebration has included a unique activity of mountain biking blended with bird and butterfly watching this time mainly to promote eco-tourism of the State.
He stated that this two-week event will start from Pelling and after touching all tourism interest places of West Sikkim, will finally conclude at Soreng. The celebration also includes a study trek in Kanchenjunga National Park. Likewise, it also includes hiking, trekking, helicopter joyride, marathons, paragliding and other activities throughout this month, he added.
Likewise, the main venue of the celebration at Pelling SSS ground will also provide space for stalls of local entrepreneurs of Sikkim to showcase their items along with stalls for photographs and painting exhibition.
The committee working president, MrTamang, informed that a sensitization workshop on responsible tourism for stakeholders of West Sikkim and another workshop for tourism entrepreneurs are some other highlights of the celebration. While stressing upon the digital promotion of tourism, he informed that country head and representatives of reputed online travel portals have been invited for the celebration to train local stakeholders to promote their products globally.
MrTamang informed that recommendations of the panel discussion in the State-level stakeholders’ workshop will be submitted to the State Government.
Deputy Director, Tourism Department, Lee PandiTargain, mentioned that tourism awards will also be conferred during the main function of the celebration. She informed that earlier the department had felicitated local stakeholders but this time it has decided to felicitate those who have been helping the State from outside in promoting Sikkim Tourism.