Intl tourism conference at Shimla


By: D D Sharma

Tarun Sridhar, MD, HPTDC, addressing the conference

Shimla: The Institute of Vocational Studies, HP University, organised a two-day international tourism conference titled ‘Cutting Edge Research in Tourism – New Directions and Challenges’ on March 17 and 18. The conference was held in collaboration with the state tourism department and civil aviation department.

The conference aimed to provide an expansion of knowledge base through theoretical and practical orientation shared in close cooperation between the students, academicians and the industry. The proceedings of the conference were of significant utility for the implementation for the policy makers and provided a new knowledge base for tourism professionals, environmentalists and entrepreneurs with the presence of both national and international delegates from counties like Australia, China, UK, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Morocco.

Around 135 delegates including 16 from foreign countries attended the conference. Speaking at the inaugural function, Tarun Sridhar, Commissioner, Tourism-cum-MD HPTDC stressed the need for collecting authentic data for realistic data for tourism needs. He said that that tourism has been seen as one of the major economic tool by countries and it is among top three foreign exchange earner for India. Now, it is right time to think about tourism so that we can develop tourism in a sustainable manner.

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  1. Good initiative…

    "….need for collecting authentic data for realistic data for tourism needs." Message got skewed.

    Mods..this report harbours several errors such 'challanges', instead of 'challenges', 'exchanger' instead of 'exchange' et al.

  2. If you would like to roll up your sleeves and start looking into right direction, we host lots of volunteer opportunities ranging from local events to online volunteering to random acts of kindness,toward achieving the goal and must learn the sincere efforts in sustainable tourism conferences and talking would really not help .Look up the way Uttaranchal is going if Himachal doesn't gear up we have bleak future in tourism

  3. Tourism is the only sector that has the potential to take Himachal Pradesh to the top. Moreover, it can give a strong bounce back to the state’s economy. No doubt, the government has shown its interest for its development but still I think that those efforts are inadequate.

    Over the years Himachal Tourism has flourished only in a few major destinations, leaving a large part untouched by the boom of tourism industry, which is not a good thing. Himachal boasts of its unparallel beauty but travelers return back without exploring the entire beauty.

    If we really aspire to draw millions of international tourists every year, in every season, than we shall have to invest in our basic infrastructure like road transportation, expansion of Air and rail network and to promote rural tourism in the state. For all this, we need better accommodations, better sanitation facilities and to offer a clean Himachal Pradesh.

    In my view, the government should give more opportunities to Himachali youths, instead of calling big business houses to invest in Himachal. A well searched plan that meets the upcoming challenges of tourism should be implemented in the state.

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