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Rallying to do their bit for tourism

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Travelling light: All for the cause of tourism.
Travelling light: All for the cause of tourism.

SANGEETH KURIAN

Its fun to travel, isn’t it? So celebrate tourism week in style like these students did.

Hundreds of students representing tourism clubs in various higher secondary schools in the city organised a rally in association with the District Tourism Promotion Council to mark World Tourism day last week. Students participated in the rally carrying placards bearing messages on tourism and environmental conservation.

The tourism clubs in schools, which feature trekking, hiking, cycling and boating among their activities, are aimed at making the younger generation participate in tourism development activities by creating awareness.

Tourism clubs

Some of the programmes of the clubs include conducting lectures, seminars, tourism quiz, camps, interaction with foreign tourists and study tours.

Topics such as ‘socio-economic significance of tourism,’ ‘role of host community in tourism,’ and `career opportunities in tourism with special emphasis on hotel, travel agency, tour operation and aviation industry’ are some of the areas covered under the lecture series.

The Department of Vocational Higher Secondary Education (VHSE), in association with the Department of Tourism, had recently launched tourism clubs in all its 375 schools across the State. According to the authorities of the department there will be a total of 50 members in each club. If the number of applicants is more than 50, an essay or quiz competition on tourism will be conducted and the winners will be given priority for admission. In addition to this, there will be a waiting list of 10 students who will get priority for admission as members at the next opportunity.

The members will be nominated by the head of institution. They can also be nominated by the District Collector, District Tourism Promotion Council chairman and Department of Tourism director. The DTPCs will also select a district student coordinator and a district teacher coordinator from the clubs in the district.

As a part of the Tourism Day celebrations, a painting competition for Lower Primary, Upper Primary, High School and Higher Secondary level students was also held on the premises of the Government Guest House at Kovalam.

“Tourism opens doors for women” was the theme for the World Tourism Day and Sri Lanka was selected as the host country for the World Tourism Day celebrations this year.

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