After opening up the quaint royal-era forest resthouses in the deep woods of Jammu and Kashmir to tourists, the forestry department is now considering promoting eco-tourism.
The forest service organized a week-long training course for its staff in charge of forest huts in the hospitality trade, including housekeeping, catering and reception management.
The forest cabins will be made available to visitors by online reservation.
The training was organized in collaboration with the Food Craft Institute, Nagrota, Jammu. No less than 25 reception staff from forest huts from different districts of Jammu province participated in the training program.
The training was opened by Dr B Balaji, Chief Curator, Planning and Project and K. Ramesh Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu.
During his opening speech, Dr Balaji highlighted the role of the forestry department in promoting ecotourism initiatives by opening forest huts to the public and training hotel staff in various trades to meet tourist demand. nature lover visiting different forest areas. He further reiterated that as an awareness raising activity aimed at improving public participation in forest conservation, it will improve livelihood generation of forest dependent communities.
K. Ramesh Kumar reiterated the need to improve the skills of frontline staff in the field of public awareness and added that the ecotourism initiatives of the Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department will provide perfect opportunities for involve the inhabitants in better forest management. areas.
He further advised participating trainees to use the training modules to improve their skills in housekeeping, catering and reception management.
Director, Food Craft Institute, Nagrota, Jyoti Bhati developed the features of a week-long training program aimed at imparting a core skill set to reception staff of the Forestry Department.
The basic training program aims to cover culinary skills, including confectionery and other local specialties, basic aspects of catering, housekeeping and tourist management at the reception. The training session will be followed by a practical assessment towards the end of the training program.
The inaugural session was attended by B. Mohandaas, Conservator of Forests, East Circle, Jammu and Sunil Singh, Divisional Forestry Officer, Urban Forestry Jammu.