Tourism Festival will bolster tourist confidence in the Hills – Yakha
THE HIMALAYAN BEACON KALIMPONG NEWS BUREAU
KALIMPONG, 14 DECEMBER 2017: Sonam Yakha, Vice Chairman Kalimpong Municipality has said that the Teesta Rangeet Tourist Fest that is scheduled to take place this month will bolster tourist confidence in the Hills. Speaking to ‘The Himalayan Beacon’ Yakha said that the 104 days long agitation had plunged the tourism industry to an abyss. Yakha said that while comparing last year’s figure, tourism in the hills had gone down by 95 – 98 per cent. Yakha said that by organizing the Tourism Festival, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) was trying to send a message that there was peace in the hills and that the tourists could come for holidays without any fear of violence.
Yakha said that Kalimpong is famous for flowers and as such the organizers of the Festival will give main priority to the flowers. Various school bands will also be given platform to highlight their talents. A photographic exhibition would also be organised through which the history of Kalimpong would be brought to light. Various kinds of spices that are cultivated in the region would also be highlighted through various stalls during the fest. The fest will be organised in Kalimpong on 29th and 30th of December.
Yakha added that paragliding would be an added attraction along with other adventure sports.