Tourism 'snack' in Assam's international tea party

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Guwahati, Nov 20 (UNI) A dash of old world charm in the hallowed bungalows of Assam's tea estates will be served with the best orthodox tea produced in the states to delegates of the India International Tea Convention (IITC) 2007.

The IITC 2007 will be held from November 22-24, where over 450 domestic as well as overseas delegates, including those from tea importing and producing nations, would take part.

Talking to reporters here today, convener of the local steering committee of IITC 2007 Dheeraj Kakati said about 30-40 delegates are expected to visit the Tocklai Experimental Station of Tea Research Association at Jorhat in upper Assam.

He said the organisers were planning to put up at least a few delegates at the old bungalows in the tea estates, while other delegates are likely to stay at the guest house of the companies on whose invitation they would be participating.

Those delegates would also be taken to the Kaziranga National Park, while a tour of tourist interest sites in Guwahati is also planned, he added.

Replying to a query if tea tourism promotion would also figure on the IITC 2007 agenda, he said, ''We will arrange for the delegates to visit sites if they want and that would definitely help tourism.'' He, however, stressed that the focus would be tea and tourism can go along with it to a certain extent.

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