Learning to welcome tourists

Our children are being taught how to play perfect hosts to tourists. And also, how to make a living out of the hospitality business.

That, it seems, is the objective for forming tourism clubs in our schools and colleges. So far about 98 educational institutions have formed tourism clubs of their own.

The latest to be inaugurated is the tourism club at the SRV Higher Secondary School in the city. The club was inaugurated by George Eden, MP, and a seminar on job opportunities in the tourism industry was also organised in this connection on Tuesday.

The accepted format requires that every tourism club has a minimum of 50 students, a couple of student coordinators and one teacher coordinator. The coordinators will be given training by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC).

Like the camp held recently at Malayatoor. "About 80 participants were there for the camp, which dealt with jobs available in the industry and the role of host community in tourism. Trekking and cultural programmes were also organised in the course of this two-day camp,'' said M.P. Rajan, DTPC secretary.By Anand Haridas

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