COL signs MOU with Madhya Pradesh Tourism for Destination Training



COL has been awarded Madhya Pradesh destination training by the MP StateTourism Development Corporation Ltd. Trainings were conducted in August / September in 20 cities across India to  627 travel agents. This is the first  of its kind tie-up with a domestic state tourism body for COL. The training was implemented in the following cities: Kolkatta,  Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Nagpur, Pune, Nasik, Goa, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Noida, Gurgaon, New Delhi, Lucknow ,Varanasi, Raipur and Mumbai. “Explore Madhya Pradesh’’ is a half day  focussed training on the UNESCO  World Heritage sites, wildlife sanctuaries, tourist circuits besides the pilgrimage centres that MP has to offer. At the end of the training, the participants had an evaluation, and the top 2 lucky winners in each city were hosted for a 2 nights/ 3 days hotel stay by MP State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.

Commenting on the pact, 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 so many 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 the travel agents to promote tourism products for the destination.”

Sharad Nautiyal, General 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 and Heritage. The idea of this training is to spread awareness about the 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.”