Shillong: The passing out ceremony of the third batch of the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) on Tuesday witnessed 18 local guides attaining their certificate.
The three-month course helps the local guides who have registered to be trained about Meghalaya cave, adventure, topography, rural, cuisines, wildlife beside others.
Speaking with the media, IITTM Shillong coordinator Sabrina Lyngdoh informed that there are very few participants or applicants from the state hence they wanted to ensure that a word goes out to encourage the local guides to register.
“It’s free of cost and they will also get a stipend of Rs 1,500 after the training plus IITTM certificate,” said Lyngdoh.
Lyngdoh informed that they received close to 46 applicants from other states of the Northeast but they can’t accept since the training is only for Meghalaya.
Since 1996 till date, there is only one female tour guide from Meghalaya who has got a license from All India Tour Guide.
Chief Guest of the ceremony senior BJP leader and Pynthormukhrah MLA AL Hek said the state was blessed with nature, music, food, water sports, rivers adventure sports, caves, and said all that was needed was to know how to welcome tourists to the state.
“What we need is how will you sell. Discipline, punctuality and honesty is very important and we need to understand the taste of the tourists,” he added.
Tourism Director CV Diengdoh emphasised the importance of tourism. Diengdoh said the state has been blessed with everything that nature can offer and the state does not lack what tourists look for.
“The State government will provide whatever support possible to IITTM and we hope more batches of tour guides passes out,” said Diengdoh.
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