Tourism Department organizes orientation for drivers of pvt and govt transport

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Kohima, July 6: Nagaland Tourism Department Thursdayorganized a one day orientation programme for drivers of private and government vehicles along with the taxi association and drivers unions to sensitize them on transportation an important component of tourism, etiquette of taxi drivers, traffic rules and regulation and changing facets of service industry.
Addressing the function, State Tourism Secretary, Mhabemo Yanthan while maintaining that transportation forms the most important component in the tourism sector where drivers play an important role to impress the visiting tourists and project the good image of the State.
It is the drivers who can make tourists one of the most memorable moment and also can make them the worst nightmare, he said and urged the drivers to maintain decency in dealing with tourists.
Stating that Nagaland celebrates festivals round the year and the department would soon come out with calendar of tourism activities, he said that a multi pronged approach need to be adopted to draw constant flow of tourists to the state.
Yanthan pointed out that Nagaland has become an important tourist destination therefore the people have to maintain the highest standard of responsibility, commitment and devotion. He stated that when Tourism department is giving such an opportunity one should take advantage of it by uplifting the local economy to a higher level.
He added that economic upliftment can happen in villages and every nook and corner where there is important tourist destination.
He said the duty of the drivers is not only to take tourists to their destination but also to highlight them the best places to eat, stay and show important tourist spots.
He pointed out that the first contact the tourist make is the taxi driver and they play very important role by leaving behind a memorable impression on the tourist or the worst experience of their life time.
Yanthan mentioned that tourists are increasing in numbers in Nagaland because they have heard good things about our people, custom, tradition, food habits, hospitality, festivals and important tourist destination where they want to explore and experience it.
He called upon the drivers’ union and associations not to make a bad impression just for their temporary benefits or profit but to give their best effort in identifying tourist conveniences and make a good impression.
“We must think of the long term benefits of the vehicle owners, drivers and our state in general. An instant benefit derived though unscrupulous means will permanently damage the image of our people and the state,” Yanthan said.
The orientation programme witnessed talk on transportation an important component of tourism by tourism Addl. Director (HoD) Akhale Vizo, etiquette of taxi drivers by Nagaland Tourism Association vice president Kejaroko Pieru, driving etiquette by Yaongsanglee Chang, Senior DTO Kohima, traffic rules and regulations by Seyiesezo Peseyie Dy.SP Traffic, beyond driving/changing facets of service industry by NTA president David Angami.
The programme was chaired by Deputy Director Veyielo Doulo while vote of thanks was proposed by tourist officer Khekishe Kapo. (Page News Service)