Gangtok, February 24, 2020: Officials of Sikkim Tourism department along with active stakeholders from TAAS, SAATO, SUTO and SHRA participated in the 5th Bengal Travel Mart (BTM) organized by the Eastern Himalaya Travel and Tour Operators Association (EHTTOA) at Siliguri from February 22 to 24.

The Bengal Travel Mart (BTM) saw the participation of renowned domestic and international tour operators, hoteliers, state Tourism Board, airlines, cruise lines, hospitality service providers and other tourism related stakeholders. Sikkim Tourism had participated in the events as an associated partner of the events, apr├Ęs release informs.

The inaugural day of the event was graced by Bengal Tourism minister Gautam Deb as the chief guest.

Deb, in his speech, lauded Sikkim as a successful tourism destination in the North-Eastern region. He expressed his assurances to take up all constructive avenues to promote tourism between Sikkim and North Bengal.

EHTTOA president Debasish Maitra, in his inaugural speech, extended his gratitude towards Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) for showing keen interest and enthusiasm in participating at the event which has created opportunities for the aspiring tourism entrepreneurs of Sikkim to market their products and gain exposure through this platform.

Over the years, Bengal Travel Mart has been a platform to bring together business fraternity and service providers from the region under one roof. Through BTM, EHTTOA is striving to promote tourism in North Bengal, Sikkim, Dooars and North East India extensively thereby opening plethora of opportunities and boosting tourism at the same time.

The presidents of Nepal Tourism Board nad Bangladesh Tourism Board during the interactive session with Sikkim Tourism expressed their desirability to partake and promote the upcoming Red Panda Winter Carbival scheduled to be held  in April this year at Soreng-Chakung in West Sikkim. They will be soon escorting a team of potential and resourceful stakeholders from their country to Sikkim on a familiarization trip so as to facilitate exchange of tourism businesses between Sikkim and Bangladesh as well as Nepal, the release mentions.

Source: Sikkim Express