FICCI Flo, the women wing of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) with the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the skill set of women in the travel and tourism industry. Speaking on the occasion, Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh said that FLO and TAAI should share the women registration with MoT so that we can work collectively towards the upliftment and create livelihood opportunity for women.
The State Chapters of FLO and TAAI will create awareness, along with state tourism departments and state tourism corporations, to highlight the vital role, the tourism industry can play as a model for sustainable livelihood for women and ensure their economic upliftment. This collaboration will help in initiating and engaging women at grassroot level, the middle level in semi urban, urban areas and the urban educated unemployed.
“Tourism sector will start opening up and slowly recover from the crisis, as India is a preferred destination among tourists. Once the economy opens up further, we will soon move forward from survival to revival” Patel said.
FLO & TAAI will be working together and be a facilitator in this process to connect eligible females with relevant stakeholders from training and specific verticals, for enhancing their livelihood opportunities and increasing self-awareness to support equal partnership in the nation’s growth
On signing the MoU, Jahnabi Phookan, National President, FICCI FLO said “With this MoU, FLO & TAAI aims to look at the systematic planning, skill enhancement and policy integration in the tourism sector to work towards our mission of creating sustainable livelihood for women’s economic upliftment, empowering women to become self-sufficient and job creators from mere job seekers.”
“We aim to work with the Ministry of Tourism in the promotion of domestic tourism by creating the awareness and civic responsibility of every citizen about traveling to at least 15 destinations within our country before 2022. The idea is to rediscover their own country, appreciate their own heritage and galvanize their own economy by being Vocal for Local”
“We need to train women in sustainable tourism, craft & tourism guide. TAAI is the only association in the tourism sector that has established women’s cell, that not only supports PM Modi’s vision ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ but also believes in supporting women so that they can contribute to the nation’s growth” Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI, said.
Source: Travel Trends Today