Bhubaneswar, November 28 (LocalWire): The state government has decided to rope in centre-run Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) for skill development in the hospitality sector.
The initiative is aimed to augment the local economy by improving services at the eco-tourism destinations in Odisha.
The state is home to 40 eco-tourism destinations, which are treasure troves of scenic beauty and picturesque natural environments.
With places like Similipal, Bhitarkanika, Chilika, Daringibadi, Satakosia and others attracting domestic and international tourists, the government plans to boost the local economy by providing viable self-employment opportunities to the youth.
The IHM has been asked to impart training to youths living in close proximity of eco-tourism sites and scale up their skill in hospitality enabling them to serve as tourist guides, sources said.
The local guides would be self-employed, while they will enable the tourists to venture into inaccessible tourist spots under their able guidance, officials stated.
The state has developed 40 eco-tourism sites and has revamped the infrastructure to make these places tourist-friendly.
Currently, the eco-tourism sites together have 298 tent structures with the capacity to house 800 tourists.
To attract more tourists, the government has joined hands with private players to chalk out plans of providing facilities like canopy walk, jungle safari, boating, cycling, trekking, bird watching, and wildlife watch in each of the prominent eco-tourism sites in the state.