Mumbai: Thomas Cook Tours (TCT)’s Centre of Learning, also the education and training vertical of Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., intimated its holding company that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between Mr. Sharad Nautiyal, General Manager Training, representing the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited and Ms. Smeeta Gulvady, Vice President & Head, Centre of Learning, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. in the presence of Mr. Hari Ranjan Rao (IAS,) Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Under the MOU, Thomas Cook’s Centre of Learning will impart training programmes – ‘Explore Madhya Pradesh’ via engaging learning modules to over 660 travel agents, covering 20 cities (Kolkata, Noida, Gurgaon, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Mumbai, Goa, Raipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin and Bengaluru) in the next two months. A qualifying evaluation will be followed post the training session and top 2 winners from amongst the 660 travel agents across 20 cities will be hosted for a 2 nights/3 days hotel stay by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited.
Commenting on the pact, Ms. Mona Cheriyan – President & Group Head – Human Resources, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, “It is truly an honour to collaborate with Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation to provide vocational training to over 660 travel agents covering 20 cities, pan India. Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning (COL) has sustained its delivery in nurturing the skill sets of the industry through specialised travel & tourism education & training. Madhya Pradesh – the heart of India, has a host of delightful experiences that can satiate the hunger for experiential travel across travel segments and we look forward to this unique engagement with travel agents to promote tourism products for the destination.”
On the occasion, Mr. Sharad Nautiyal, Gen Manager Training, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation said, “We are delighted to associate with Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning – a renowned institution in India given the honor of the prestigious 10 Top Performing South Asia IATA Authorized Training Centres. While the government is taking efforts to harness Madhya Pradesh’s tourism potential, it is imperative to create an awareness programme on diversified tourism products available within the destination. Madhya Pradesh is full of natural beauty with 3 World Heritage sites, its Pilgrimage, Wildlife, Heritage. The idea of this training is to spread awareness about tourism Product of MP to travel agents across India. Our collaboration with Thomas Cook India’s COL is one such initiative via ‘Explore Madhya Pradesh’ which we are very excited about.”
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