KOLKATA, 11 JULY
A review meeting has been held by the state tourism department with the experts of the travel and tourism industry to prepare a future road map to boost the sector at Kolkata today.
Besides state secretary, tourism, Saumitra Mohan, officials of Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Anil Punjabi, Travel Agents Association of India (TAI), Manav Soni and AOC, Anshula
Chaturvedi were present.
The first meeting was held at Nabanna about two months ago on 4 July the first review meeting was held.
“ The state government is very much keen to promote tourism in the state and has sought our suggestions. The suggestions have already been placed . Instead of focussing on a single sector all the sectors of the travel and tourism industry will be explored,”said Anil Punjabi, chairman ( east) of Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI).
“ We have seen tremendous interest by the state government to promote tourism in West Bengal in recent times. Today we have an informal meeting at Kolkata where the future prospects about tourism in Bengal have been discussed,” says Manav Soni, Chairman ( east) of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI).
The main focus this year for the tourism department will be to promote the Durga Carnival, this will be the first Durga Puja after the world heritage tag by UNESCO. The Durga Puja organisers are already gearing up for a mega Durga puja festival this year.
Also the travel and tourism sector is busy with the mega airline operators show in August- September this year where the airlines operators will be shown the picture of a resurgent Bengal.
All the major domestic and foreign airlines operators will be invited to participate in the tourism road show of Bengal.
There was a time when a number of reputed foreign internal flight operators used to operate flights from Kolkata.
There are three commercial airports in the state now and all are strategically located throughout West Bengal – Kolkata, Bagdogra ( North Bengal) and Andal ( South Bengal).
They also plan to upgrade Andal into an international airport. The West Bengal tourism department also will develop the birth place of rebel poet Nazrul Islam in Churulia under Burdwan West district to a
heritage tourism site.
A team led by Vice Chancellor of Kazi Nazrul University, Professor Sadhan Chakraborty and DM of Burdwan West, S.Arun Prasad visited Churulia a few days ago to inspect the initial infrastructural upgrades required.