Tourism gets academic muscle: SUTO forms ‘knowledge and research partner cell’

Sagar Chhetri

Gangtok, 11 Nov:

Sikkim United Tourism Organization [SUTO] has welcomed a team of experts and research scholars into its knowledge and research partner cell with the aim to inform its sustainable tourism objectives better.

SUTO explains that the team will work as a bridge between the government and tourism stakeholders and leverage research and data to work better at the grassroots level in the State.

On the occasion, SUTO president Ganesh Shivakoti has welcomed mountaineer Deepak Kumar Chettri and research scholars Sonam Bhutia, Jigmi Namgyal and Kaushik Pradhan and environmental scientist, Basant Kumar Sharma, into the knowledge and research partner cell of the organization.

He mentioned that the cell has around 20 experts and research scholars in tourism and hospitality and environment.

SUTO was established in year 2013 and has been carrying out various activities for the welfare of tourism stakeholders and for the promotion and development of tourism in the State.

Speaking to media persons, he informed that the cell will also help understand the needs and issues of stakeholders and places of tourist interest and extend advice and technical support to the government.

He mentioned that the cell is also aimed to create awareness and educate stakeholders about various tourism and other concerned subjects.

While responding to media queries, the newly inducted members of the knowledge and research partner cell assured to give their best from their research and data for the development of sustainable tourism in the State.

They mentioned that the team will visit different parts of the State to study the needs, difficulties and other issues faced by tourism stakeholders and requirement in the sector.

“Our main objective is to work for the empowerment of local community and local economic development of that particular place and to encourage the people for the responsible and sustainable tourism,” they expressed.

They stated that their focus would also be on the promotion of eco-tourism and rich biodiversity of Sikkim to the world.