KOHIMA, Jul 5: The Department of Tourism held a one-day orientation programme for Taxi Association on 5th July 2018 at the conference hall of the Directorate of Tourism.

Secretary Tourism, Mhabemo Yanthan in his introductory note pointed out that Nagaland has become an important tourist destination, therefore, the people have to maintain the highest standard of responsibility, commitment, and devotion. He stated that when the Tourism department is given such an opportunity one should take advantage of it by uplifting the local economy to a higher level. He added that economic upliftment can happen in villages and every nook and corner where there is an important tourist destination.

He further appealed to the Tourism Department, taxi, bus and other drivers union and associations to have coordination as tourist guides and drivers because their duty is not only to take them to their respective destination but also to highlight them the best places to eat, stay and show important tourist spots. He pointed out that the first contact the tourist make is the taxi driver and they play a very important role by leaving behind a memorable impression on the tourist or the worst experience of their lifetime.

He mentioned that tourists are increasing in numbers in Nagaland because they have heard good things about our people, custom, tradition, food habits, hospitality, festivals and important tourist destination where they want to explore and experience it. Therefore he called upon the drivers’ union and associations not to make a bad impression just for their temporary benefits or profit but to give their best effort in identifying tourist conveniences and make a good impression.

The programme was chaired by Deputy Director, Veyielo Doulo. Transportation an important component of Tourism was presented by Addl. Director (HoD), Akhale Vizo. Etiquette of Taxi Drivers was highlighted by NTA, Vice President, Kejaroko Pieru. Traffic Rules and Regulations were presented by Dy.SP Traffic, Seyiesezo Peseyie. Other highlights of the programme included Beyond Driving/Changing Facets of service industry by NTA President, David Angami, Power point presentation on Driving Etiquette by Sr. DTO Kohima, Yaongsanglee Chang and vote of thanks was delivered by Tourist Officer, Khekishe Kapo.

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