State expects normalcy in hills to return before festive season: Tourism secy

Report by: 
Debanjan Mukherjee
7 Jul 2017

Though the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has refused to budge and has already announced that the indefinite bandh in the hills will continues, the West Bengal government today expressed hope about return of normalcy there before the festive season starts in the end of September.
Manish Jain, secretary, department of tourism today said this at the inauguration of the 28th Travel and Tourism fair at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Asked to comment on the ongoing situation in the hills and whether there is a fear of bulk cancellation of trips and tickets by tourists from the state, Jain said: "Till now we have no reports of cancellation of trips and nor are we discouraging people to travel to Darjeeling. We are absolutely hopeful that situation will come back to normal there before the Pujas and hence travelers need not to worry".

Earlier at a press conference, the tourism secretary put emphasis on more people to people interaction for the promotion of tourism. Inviting people of Bengal to visit Bangladesh, Nikhil Ranjan Roy, joint secretary of tourism of that country said: "people of India, especially Bengal have helped us in many ways. Their great sacrifices have contributed to the freedom of our country. So we are always thankful to India. We specially appreciate the cooperation that we keep getting from the government of West Bengal. Tour operators and hospitality service providers from 28 states and 13 countries have participated in this year's TTF, which will continue till July 9.

The opening day witnessed a strong footfall with the official pavilion of Thailand attracting enthusiasts with their colourful designing. Just after inaugurating the event by lighting the lamp, the state tourism secretary took a tour of the major stalls and thanked the participants for showing their presence.