Southern Angami youth trained on Tourism

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/6/2019 12:43:39 PM IST

To improve tourism and help promote eco-tourism’s tour guide entrepreneurs, a two-day training program was conducted for the youth of Southern Angami area on April 5 and 6, at John Government Higher Secondary School, Viswema.

According to DIPR, a host of experts in the fields of Tourism, Art & Culture, and Bio-Resource imparted the training.

The training was initiated by the Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) in collaboration with the Tourism department. Southern Angami area, being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state which boasts the Dzükou valley and Kisama, sees a lot of tourist influx and the training was conducted to enhance and boost tourism and also to assist and provide better services to tourists.

Tourism deputy director, V. Doulo highlighted the prospects of tourism and the government’s initiatives and he encouraged the trainees to “learn 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 a complete ban on hunting and the need to be vigilant about bio-resource theft.

Art & Culture retired director, Vilalhou Noudi, spoke with the trainees about the knowledge of traditional motifs and arts, and their their symbolic representation and significance such as the Mithun head on village gates and over the entrance doorways of houses, which he said, signifies wealth and prosperity. A human head signifies power and prosperity, a hornbill head signifies bravery, success in warfare and other activities. A tiger’s head signifies great spirit and ability, and a moon represented by circles of black and white signifies time, season and security.

Butterfly specialist, Thetsolo Naro enlightened the trainees on emerging trends in Lepidoptrology (study of butterflies). Naro has been researching butterflies of the Naga Hills since 2011 and till now has recorded 250 species of butterflies. She added that the presence of butterflies such as Bhutan Glory, Great Spotted Blue, Naga Sapphire, Blue Duke, French Duke etc. in Kohima can promote butterfly watching tourism in the area.

Trainees were also imparted training on ‘Tourism and Guiding Etiquettes’ by resource person 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 the practical sessions were led by Nyuretho and Moa Sangtam. 

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