Homestay hospitality & rural tourism leadership training held

Homestay hospitality & rural tourism leadership training held

ITANAGAR, Jan 8: As part of its initiative to promote the hospitality sector, the HRD Wing of State Tourism Department in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Society for Education and Development (APSED) and Association for Conservation & Tourism (ACT) has launched the Homestay hospitality & rural tourism leadership training in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, the 1st in its series for 2018, targeting the ‘Dibang and Lohit Landscapes’.

The 1st part of the training was started with a students’ motivation program at Roing on January 2 followed by the main training in Homestay Hospitality and Rural Tourism Leadership for two days at Roing (Jan 3-4) with 47 trainees drawn from both Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts.

The most interesting part of the training (which was initially started last year at Nampong, about a month before Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017) was the increase in number of ladies taking interest which clearly showed that tourism in Arunachal Pradesh will be based on skills developed in local women in each area.

With the participants being from diverse backgrounds, initially it was difficult to tune them, but with the counselling by the resource persons the teamwork and bonding among the participants increased which motivated and encouraged them to build up confidence in promoting Homestay, said an official release here.

The Idu-Adi combination in hospitality came out dominantly from the several exercises organized by the resource persons. The basics of hygiene, cleanliness, behaviour, menu planning, housekeeping, accounts and marketing were provided by the resource persons.

The concluding session was chaired by ADC Lower Dibang Valley and co-chaired by the Assistant Director, Tourism. The departmental officials along with the resource persons visited three tourism infrastructures in and around Roing – Mishmi Hill Camp, Dibang Valley Jungle Camp and Tine Mine Adventure Homestay.

Meanwhile, the 2nd part of the two-day training was inaugurated at Namsai on Jan 5 by Parliamentary Secretary (Planning, Personnel, Administrative Reforms & Training) Zingnu Namchoom in presence of ADC Namsai and ZPC Namsai. Altogether, 81 participants from Namsai, Lohit and Changlang districts attended the training programme that looked into motivation in conservation of natural and cultural resources, homestay as a currency of rural tourism in destination, network between the destination communities, menu planning, housekeeping, cleaning and hygiene.

The trainees were taken to a rural industry exhibition, where they experienced bamboo craft, eco-plates, weaving, pickles and several other produces along with visit to two existing homestays at Namsai.

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