Monday, June 20, 2011

Arunachal set to follow Sikkim's Village Tourism Model

Itanagar, June 20: Arunachal Pradesh is all set to launch a rural tourism project at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district by involving local people with the tourism department.

Entitled as ‘Home Stay’, the project involves creation of accommodation for tourists in villages with locally available materials and to provide all facilities for comfortable stay to the tourists.

“In line with Sikkim model, the project will be started soon in Siibey, Biri and Hong villages of Ziro Valley,” the District Tourism Officer, Mr Tater Mize, said here today.

A community-based organisation — Rural Tourism Management Committee (RTMC) — was constituted recently for managing the tourism activities under the project and to look after the security of tourists with the cooperation of district administration and tourism department.

patani villages in ziro valley
Training on capacity building for self-help groups, panchayat leaders and unemployed youths was also organised in the district from June 2 to 16.

A total of 25 participants were taken to Sikkim on an exposure tour to update themselves with the Sikkimese expertise on tourism development activities and replicate the same on their return to their respective villages, he said

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