Harsh Vardhan Shingla, Chief Coordinator, G20 India and Arvind Singh, Secretary Tourism, Government of India jointly addressed the press yesterday in Darjeeling as a run up to the upcoming 2nd Tourism Working Group Meeting to be held at Siliguri.
Shingla stated that the organisation of the important G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting at Siliguri would go a long way in contributing to positioning Siliguri as a tourism and MICE destination. Singh briefed the media about the preparations being done for the meeting with the support of the state government and local administration and highlights of the meeting.
Darjeeling along with Siliguri, located at the foothills of the Himalayas have been selected to host 2nd Tourism Working Group meeting from April 1 to 3, 2023.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India along with the support of West Bengal, is fully prepared to host the 2nd Tourism Working Group Meeting. The meeting is to be attended by more than 130 participants, including delegates of G20 Members, Invitee Countries and International Organisations, Industry partners, State Tourism, and local tour operators.
The meetings will be graced by Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER, G. Kishan Reddy and Union Minister of State, Ministry of Minority Affairs, John Barla.
Delegates will enjoy cultural programs like Baul Songs, Tribal Dance, Traditional Tappa Dance, Tamang Folk Dance, Chhau Dance, India Army’s Pipe Band and many more performances have been planned for the event.
The Ministry of Tourism has made all out efforts to introduce all the delegates to local art & craft at Siliguri and Darjeeling. MSME & T Department of West Bengal has organized art and craft stalls and ‘Do-It-Yourself’ activities to provide an immersive experience of local arts for delegates. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling will also exhibit their equipment at the Mall Road.
A full day event has been organized for domestic industry partners and States of Government of India to deliberate on Tourism in Mission Mode: Advantage Adventure Tourism. Local stakeholders will attend the side events on adventure tourism.
An exhibition will be opened for the general public from April 3 to 5, 2023 to increase awareness of India’s G20 Presidency and promotion of sustainable practices under Adventure Tourism at the Mall Road, Darjeeling. The Himalayan Drive Car Rally Flag Off has been scheduled on 2nd April 2023 from Siliguri.
Now in the second Tourism Working Group meeting discussion on the five priorities will be engaging and will cover broader aspects. This will give further shape to the Tourism Working Group Outcome Document: GOA Roadmap and Action Plan for Tourism as a vehicle for achieving SDGs. A Ministerial Communique which is endorsement for LiFE Mission through “Travel for LiFE” Campaign is also being introduced during the working sessions. Envisaging Hon’ble PMs Vision, Tourism Working Group is aiming at human centric globalization, a new paradigm of tourism industry.
Under India’s G20 Presidency, the Government of India is hosting over 200 meetings in more than 59 cities across the country. These destinations have been chosen to showcase India’s diverse geographical and rich cultural heritage.