Bhubaneswar, 1st August: Chief Secretary Sri Gokul Chandra Pati has advised to promote Odisha tourism on World Tourism Day. Sri Pati has advised to orient the events of the celebration towards inviting more investments to the State in Tourism & Culture Sector. Sri Pati has given these directives while presiding over a high level meeting held in secretariat conference hall today regarding celebration of World
Tourism Day and organization of the 50th Annual Convention of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurants Association of India ( FHRAI) in the State. It has been decided to hold these 2 events under joint collaboration between the department of tourism, Govt of Odisha and FHRAI.
27th September is the World Tourism Day. It has been decided to start FHRAI convention on 25th September and continue it up to 27th so that both the events can be jointly celebrated. The executive members of FHARI present in the meeting , said that around 1200 delegates from different parts India and aboard will participate in this joint event.
Chief Secretary Sri Pati has advised to highlight the eco-tourist spots of Chilika, heritage sites of Puri and Bhubaneswar along with Odisha handloom & handicraft. Development Commissioner Sri U.N. Behera advised to take the delegates to Smritibana at Bhubnaeswar and give them a feel of the spot. Smritibana offers the chance to a visitor to plant a tree with his name and address scribed on a platform near the tree so that he or his relations can revisit the spot and recall the memory.
The forest department takes the responsibility of preserving the tree and the spot as per the terms & conditions of plantation. The Vice Chairman BDA Sri Krishan Kumar, present in the meeting has been advised to organize a plantation site in collaboration with Forest department for planting of trees by the delegates of FHRAI.
It has been decided to develop a 3D tourist map of Odisha and place it on conspicuous platform at Biju Pattanaik Airport. The Director, Handicraft and ORMAS have also been asked to organize a handicraft exhibition at Ekamra Hat on these days.
Principal secretary Industry Sri Sanjeeb Chopra, Director Tourism Sri Anil Kumar Samal members of FHRAI namely Sri D.K. Nanada, Soubhagya Mohapatra and Debesh Pattanaik along with other members participated in the discussions.