Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The Kuoni Academy of Travel has launched its first franchisee centre here to train travel and tourism professionals. The SMS Investments Corporation Pvt. Ltd is the promoter of the Jaipur Academy. Kuoni Academy of Travel (KAT), an endeavour of Kuoni Travel India Pvt. Ltd., has centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. During the past two years these centres have trained some 2,000 professionals.

Launching the centre here on Wednesday, Zubin Karkaria, CEO and Managing Director, India and South Asia, Kuoni Travel Group, said the academy would fulfil the much felt need for trained professionals in a tourism-centric Rajasthan.

"There are three million tourists visiting Rajasthan and there is a need for 30,000 professionals to meet the future demands," he said.

Kuoni Travel Group is a century-old company established in Switzerland. Kuoni Travel India Pvt. Ltd. owns the brands, SITA, SOTC and BTI-SITA.