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Ministry Of Tourism Inked MoU with TAAI & FICCI Ladies Organisation for Women’s Economic Empowerment through Tourism

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Ministry-of-Tourism-virtually-signs-an-MoU-with-Travel-Agents-Association-of-India-(TAAI)-&--FICCI-Ladies-Organisation(FLO)-tOn August 21, 2020, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organisation (FLO) inked a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Tourism for women empowerment through video conference. The MoU was inked in the presence of Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism (Independent Charge-IC), Prahlad Singh Patel.

  • This decision has been taken to organise training, impart digital awareness and develop skills among women, including those in rural and remote areas, in order to encourage their participation in the development of tourism which include the areas of homestays, tourist facilitators, catering business and more, through on Sustainable Tourism practices.
  • FLO and TAAI will be the facilitators in the process connecting women with the relevant stakeholders.

Key Points:

-Through this initiative FLO & TAAI would lay emphasis on the following components proposed under the initiative:

  • Encourage travel to at least 15 destinations within the country under the DekhoApnaDesh initiative. 
  • Conduct community-based tourism activities around one Iconic Monument or Tourist Landmark in each state where women will be the tour guides, run food stalls, souvenir stalls with their own arts & crafts, handle the overall accounts and running of the landmark.
  • Tie up with training agencies for Tourism workshops for training women on Atithidevo bhava motto which include concepts on food safety, hospitality, health & hygiene, sanitation, environment, culinary skills and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Create awareness about the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator (IITF) Certification Programme.

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About FICCI Ladies Organisation:
President– Jahnabi Phookan
Headquarter– New Delhi

About Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI):
President Jyoti Mayal (2019-21)
Secretariat– Mumbai, Maharashtra