Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Dr. G.N. Itoo held an interactive session with travel trade representatives of West Bengal through an online meeting.

The meeting was attended by leading travel operators of West Bengal which included Manav Soni, Chairman Travel Agent Association of India Eastern region (TAAI) ER, Madan Agarwal, President Association of Tourism Service Providers Bengal (ATSPB), Nilanjan Basu, Secretary Travel Agent Association of Bengal (TAAB), Anil Punjabi, Chairman Travel Agent Federation of India (TAFI), West Bengal, Manas Mahapatra, President Tourism Welfare Association (TWA) and other travel trade representatives attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the Director Tourism apprised the travel trade representatives about the SoPs and steps taken by the Department for a comfortable and safe stay of tourists in J&K.

Welcoming the tourists, he informed that already more than 95 % tourism stakeholders here have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and capacity building programmes have been held at various tourist destinations for stakeholders like hoteliers, ponywallas, tourist guides etc for conducting tourist business post Covid-19 pandemic.

On the occasion, Dr. Itoo replied to various queries raised by the West Bengal stakeholders regarding prospects of an autumn season and arrival of tourists during pooja holidays.

Dy. Director Tourism, Ahsanul Haq Chishti and Tourist officer, Kolkatta, Ahsanul Haq also attended the meeting.

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