Sunday, August 03, 2008

Sikkim to become ‘tourist paradise’

Gangtok: Sikkim’s effort in making Tourism a sustainable industry is bearing fruit, as it is evident from the awards to the state for its achievements in this sector. The state of Sikkim has been selected as the Emerging Tourism State of 2008 for “Today’s Traveller Platinum Award”. The award will be given in a ceremony at the Hotel Crown Plaza in New Delhi on 25th August 2008. Ms. Ambika Soni, Union Minister for Tourism will be presenting the award. In 2007, Today’s Traveller had awarded Sikkim as the Most Picturesque Destination and this year’s award is a recognition of Sikkim Government’s persisting effort to make Sikkim a tourist paradise.Earlier on 3rd July 2008, Hee-Bermiok Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation Society, West Sikkim, was bestowed the CNBC Awaaz Travel Award 2008 for Best Example Of Community Based Tourism. The award acknowledges the outstanding contribution made by the Society towards Indian Travel and Tourism Industry. The award was handed over by Ms. Ambika Soni, Union Minister for Tourism and received by Mr. N. K. Subba, MLA and patron of the Hee-Bermiok Society. Tourism Department, in a press release, has congratulated the people of Sikkim for the awards and acknowledged their contribution in making the state worthy of coveted awards. (With IPR input)