The Mega Homestay Development Training Workshop in Darjeeling was organized under the aegis of India Tourism Regional Office (East) in partnership with Eastern Himalayas Travel and Tour Operator Association (Resource Partner) and IIAS School of Management (Knowledge Partner). Around 450 homestay owners will be trained in the three-day training workshop, said Minister of State with Independent charge of Tourism Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel.
Domestic tourism and its growth will prove to be a fulcrum to open up new avenues for homestay tourism across the country, especially in the Himalayan region, where thousands of people have already converted parts of their residences into homestays over the last few years to meet this opportunity.
As popular tourist destinations are becoming more saturated, travelers are exploring new destinations, the minister said asking the tourism industry in the country to seize the opportunity to set up new businesses including homestays.
While homestays are highly favored accommodation in the Himalayan region, Mr. Patel said that stakeholders needed to be trained on various aspects of hospitality, safety, hygiene, and more. He stressed the need for regular capacity-building programs for stakeholders to make the guest experience meet expected standards.
The minister emphasized that training efforts would carry on in the future till such a time all stakeholders in the region are fully trained. The Tourism Ministry had been making concerted efforts towards encouraging citizens to travel safely within India and experience its beauty, thrills, and unending charm, he added.
News Courtesy: ET