ADTOI eyes Bengal
India Blooms News Service
Kolkata, Mar 26 (IBNS): Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) has announced the commencement of the ADTOI West Bengal and North East chapter last week, with the aim of increasing domestic tourism in the country.
ADTOI has already covered Jammu and Kashmir(North), Kerela (South) and Gujarat (West) and now they are aiming at West Bengal and North East (in the East), thus completing all the four corners of the country.
Subhas Verma, President, ADTOI, P P Khanna, Vice President, ADTOI, Prittha Sarkar (Roy), Director of West Bengal Tourism and Raghovendra Singh, Principle Secretary of West Bengal Tourism, were present at the event on Friday.
On talking about importance of domectic tourism, Verma said, " The maximum number of employment, national harmony and poverty elimination, the three things which India needs today can be given only by domentic tourism."
Verma also stated that recently a budget of Rs 25000 crores in the 12th Five Year Plan has been approved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the tourism sector.
Debojit Dutta was nominated by ADTOI members as the chapter chairman of West Bengal and North East chapter at the occasion.
Stressing on the marketing part, Sarkar said, "Tourism has picked up in recent times but marketing part needs to be more active as it will give boost to this sector."
Singh explained the various place they are looking forward in East chapter- like Sunderbans, Darjeeling, Dooars, Mushidabad and others.
"As the new budjet allocation has gone up by 100 percent, so we plan to have the best things to promote in Bengal. Moreover we are also focusing on developing the infrastructures, so we have built up road maps and will move accordingly," added Singh.
(Reporting By Priyam Mallick)