Help Tourism - Eastern Himalayas
Help Tourism was founded in 1991 as a destination management company and community tourism organization. It’s tourism activities and projects stretches over a number of areas, including the East Himalaya, particularly West-Bengal and the Northeastern States of India. Some cross-border initiatives cover the adjoining countries of Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar/Burma.
The area is diverse and stretches from the world's third highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga, to the Bay of Bengal, and it is homeland to several hundred ethnic groups and a unique flora and fauna.
Help Tourism addresses communities' tradition of conservation, and enables them to establish alternative means of livelihood using tourism as a tool. Flanking tourism projects, other community development processes are initiated. So far, Help Tourism has participated in the implementation of 30 community tourism projects.
Help Tourism has gained substantial international recognition, and in 2007 the Sunderbans Jungle Camp - a Help Tourism community project - was shortlisted for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, under the stewardship of the World Travel & Tourism Council.
Mission statement: Linking protected areas and heritage sites with people's livelihood by giving them ownership through tourism is the first step towards conservation.
Our Vision :
Involving local people into community tourism initiatives between the Protected Areas of the East Himalaya, and helping them to create extension forests. Gradually mature these initiatives with wildlife management by creating Community Reserves to use them as migration corridors for wild animals between the Protected Areas.
The special taste of our tours and programmes originates from a meaningful combination of four local and home grown ingredients:
with TOURISM being the professional “Chef de Cuisine”.