Youths trained on eco-tourism at Viswema

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Dimapur, April 7: To improve tourism and help promote entrepreneurs in eco-tourism as tour guides, a two-day training was held for youth of Southern Angami area on April 5&6 at John Government Higher Secondary School, Viswema. A host of experts in the field of tourism, art & culture, bio resource experts imparted training to the youth.
The training was initiated by the Southern Angami Youth Organization in collaboration with Tourism Department. Southern Angami area being one of the most popular tourist destination in the State with Dzükou valley and Kisama under the area, the training was provided to enhance and boost tourism and also to assist and provide better services to tourist.
Deputy Director, Tourism, V. Doulo highlighted the tourism prospects and initiatives of the Fovernment and encouraged the trainees to ‘learn and have an in depth knowledge about one’s resources, culture which will further fuel interest to preserve and promote tourism.’ He also stressed on the need for complete ban on hunting and the need to be vigilant about bio-resource theft.
Retired Director, Art & Culture, Vilalhou Noudi imparted the trainees the knowledge of traditional motifs and traditional arts, their symbolic representation and significance such as the Mithun head on village gates and house fronts signifying wealth and prosperity, human head – power and prosperity, hornbill – bravery and success in warfare and other activities, tiger – great spirit and ability, moon – represented by circles of black and white signifying time, season and security.
Butterfly specialist, Thetsolo Naro enlightened the trainees on the emerging trends in Lepidoptrology (study of butterfly). Naro has been researching on butterflies of Naga Hills since 2011 and till now have recorded 250 species of butterflies. She added that the presence of butterflies in Kohima such as Bhutan Glory, Great Spotted Blue, Naga Sapphire, Blue Duke, French Duke etc can promote butterfly watching in the area.
Trainees were also imparted training on ‘Tourism and Guiding Etiquettes’ by resource persons Veteu Koza, ‘Techniques of Tour Guiding, handling guest properly’ by Kejaroko Pieru, ‘Tourism and Environment – Preservation and sustainability’ by Dr. Akho Yhokha, ‘Waste Management’ by Thangi Manen, ‘Career prospect as Tourist Guide’ by Rohan Abraham, ‘Destinations in Nagaland’ by David Solo and practical sessions were led by Nyuretho and Moa Sangtam.
(Page News Service)