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ACT RURAL TOURISM BAZAAR2nd Gitanjali Mango Festival (10th, 11th & 12th June, 2011)
Venue: Utsav Complex, Uttorayon, Siliguri.
Dear friends in Rural Tourism,
The Rural Tourism Bazaar 2011 being coordinated by ACT (Association for Conservation and Tourism) an organization working on community based conservation and tourism, and being organized by Help Tourism, a Department of Tourism, Government India recognized organization, and also a resource for rural tourism movement in India since 1991, is being organized for the first time in India.
The venue has been chosen at Siliguri, recognizing the importance of this Himalayan foothill city as the tourism hub for India’s Northeast and Southeast Asia. Siliguri is also one of the fastest growing cities in India, generating a good number of tourists and a strong tourism industry for the region of East and Northeast India, including the adjoining countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. The city has been the venue of East Himalaya Expo, Northeast Tourism Conclave and several other International Events of Trade and Tourism importance.
The Rural Tourism Bazaar would consist of exhibition stalls on rural tourism products, including rural accommodation, food and activities for visitors, display and sale of handicrafts and handlooms, consultants on appropriate rural technologies and documentaries on rural tourism and conservation. This will be an opportunity to create awareness about rural tourism products, understanding amongst each other to create a strong marketing platform and above all build confidence for each other through discussing opportunities.
The Rural Tourism Bazaar will be an extension of the popular Gitanjali Mango Festival, the details of which is enclosed herewith for understanding. This first of its kind initiative is an attempt of getting together of ‘Rural Tourism Initiatives’ which will be taken to different parts of India in the months to come to maximize awareness and promotion of the Rural Tourism Movement.
As practitioners and promoters of Rural Tourism Initiatives, please come and join this Bazaar.
Raj Basu (Coordinator)