2 Sikkimese grab awards at Indian Responsible Tourism Awards 2019


Pema Bhutia, one of the founding members of Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) has been conferred with ‘Responsible Tourism Pathfinder’ title by Indian Responsible Tourism Awards 2019.

GyatsoLepcha'sMayallyang homestay located in Dzonguhas also grabbed the Gold "Best homestay" honour at the IRTA hosted by the Outlook Group’s - Outlook Responsible Tourism Initiative which is the Indian chapter of the World Travel Market (WTM) Responsible Tourism Awards, UK.

MrBhutia was conferred the recognition on 31 Jan at the Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi. MrBhutia along with some others had founded Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee in 1996 and has been working for the conservation of biodiversity, training eco-tourism service providers like trekking guides, trekking cooks, pack animal operators, home stay operators and porters. KCC has also been successfully managing Zero waste trekking trail in Yuksam-Dzongri-Goechala trekking corridor since 2009.

The Responsible Tourism Pathfinder is a unique category which was only introduced this year to celebrate practitioners whose outstanding contribution to tourism has changed the narrative of inclusive travel in India.

Along with Pema Bhutia, the award was also conferred to ParagRangnekar, Bhutia, Founding President of Goa Bird Conservation Network and Initiator of the Verlem Ecotourism Co-operative Society.