Mr. J.K. Mohanty, MD of Swosti Group of Hotels and Honorary Convener to the Tourism Think Tank of WTC Bhubaneswar accompanied by the officials of the Center met and welcomed Mrs. Archana Patnaik, IAS as the new Director to the Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha on 25 September 2018.
While welcoming Mrs.Patnaik to the position Mr.Mohanty briefed her about the various activities of World Trade Center Bhubaneswar and shared his insights on how the Center could be effective in enhancing the position of the state across the globe. “With a view to promote the Tourism Industry in Odisha and to further develop the State as a Global Tourist Destination, WTC Bhubaneswar with the active support of its Think Tank members from the tourism fraternity has endeavored to engage on various activities towards growth and promotion of the sector” he said.
Further to the discussions Ms. Nimeshika Natarajan, Assistant Director, WTC Bhubaneswar submitted a proposal for conducting a training program for the tour guides of the State. She also presented a draft training module developed by the center, requesting Mrs. Patnaik for the valuable support of her good office in executing the training program. Ms. Natarajan further explained the strategy of the think tank in developing a holistic capacity building framework for the tour guides of the State.
Mrs. Patnaik expressed her appreciation for the initiatives of the center and also conveyed her acceptance for extending support for the proposal. “Tour guides are the persons who add actual value to the destination. They are the key to sustainable tourism. Building their capacity in terms of awareness about the state’s history, cultural diversity, USPs of the various tourist spots importance breaking the language barrier etc. needs immense focus. Tour Guides have a rudimentary position in building a reputation of the State” she said. Mr. Mohanty further conveyed his gratitude and felicitated Mrs. Patnaik.
In Photo : Mr. J.K. Mohanty,Managing Director, Swosti Group of Hotels & Convener of WTC Bhubaneswar Tourism & Hospitality Think Tank felicitates Mrs. Archana Patnaik, IAS, Director Tourism, Government of Odisha