With the theme ‘Benefits Beyond Boundaries’, Eastern Himalaya Travel and Tour Operators’ Association (EHTTOA) organised their first Annual Convention in Lataguri from August 6 to 8.

With an aim to bring in all the members under one roof, the three-days convention was designed to discuss the emerging and existing tourism potential in the region. Through this convention, EHTTOA stands to be amongst the first regional association to take a step forward towards the benefit of its members.

More than 320 members out of which 150 were registered delegates and 55 were invitees from three countries i.e. Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. The major emphasis of the convention was stimulating cross border tourism and enhance the friendly relationship through a common agenda called ‘tourism’.

Sandipan Ghosh, Secretary, EHTTOA said, “Tourism is the integral component of this region, if tourism flourishes, we all flourish. The main objective of this convention is not just to get all members together at the same platform but also to discuss and deliberate the ideas to encourage tourism inter-state and of course cross border. This is also an opportunity to bring in government bodies and other association bodies together and discuss the policies which need to be put forward and implemented. I would like to thank the Ministry of Tourism, Lataguri Resort Owners Welfare Association (LROWA), Alipurduar District Tourism Association (ADTA), NATTA, TOAB, ABTO, HRAB, JTWA and our members for their outstanding support.”

Kalyan Deb, Convention Chairman mentioned that this convention is a benchmark for our association itself and continued saying that they have crossed the expected numbers of registration and are very happy with the outcome.