With an aim to boost the tourism sector in West Bengal, a proposal will be sent to state government to start tourist trails surrounding Mother Teresa who would soon be declared a Saint by the Vatican.
“We would request the state government to promote tourism surrounding her. They should build up promotion of Mother Teresa’s memorial,” IATO President Subhash Goyal said at an Indian Chamber of Commerce conference on tourism.
He said European countries had done similar tourist trails around many Saints which proved very successful.
The Albania born Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa came to India at the age of 19 as a school teacher in Darjeeling in 1929.
She began her missionary work for the poor and the dying in 1948 and founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 in Kolkata and by 1996 she operated over 500 missions in more than one hundred countries.
She died at the age of 87 in Kolkata in 1997.