KOLKATA: State Tourism department has decided to start various degree and diploma courses on tourism and hotel management at various institutions across the state, state Tourism minister Goutam Deb said in the Assembly on Wednesday.
Deb said that various skill development programmes would be started in around 6-7 places in the state, reports Millennium Post.
North Bengal University would soon start degree and diploma courses on tourism and hotel management.
Around 24 crore has been allotted by the state government to set up an institute at Durgapur which would be made operational from July this year. Various courses would also be introduced at Gajoldoba and Midnapore along with other places.
The minister also said that his department has seen an increase in tourist influx in various places as his department has revamped the infrastructure of various tourist destinations.
Pointing fingers at the Left Front government, Deb said that due to the collapse of law and order situation in the Hills and Jangalmahal areas, people had lost interest in visiting various spots.
The present government has restored peace in the areas by gaining the confidence of people. The state government has immensely contributed to building up road connectivity throughout the state as tourism of a state cannot be developed if the conditions of the roads are poor.
Hence, the present government has developed road infrastructure that had also contributed to the influx of tourists in the state. Deb also mentioned that his department has given a great thrust on the homestays in North Bengal which has also been the focus area of the Chief Minister.
After coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid great stress on promoting Bengal as one of the most accepted tourist destination in the country.