SRINAGAR: Asserting that the government was keen to see night landing facility functional at the Srinagar International Airport, the tourism Minister, Ghulam Ahmad Mir Thursday said that the tourism department was committed to make Kashmir all time tourist destination.
“We want the night land facility at the Srinagar International airport. We have taken up the issue with the government of India. We have also requested that the repair work on the runway be carried out during nights from June 30 insted of June 15 so as not to hamper with the flight schedules,” Mir said, while addressing a news conference at Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) Srinagar, here.
Flanked by Director Tourism, Talat Parvez, the tourism Minister said that the department will organize events during the all four seasons. The idea, he said, was to make Kashmir all time tourist destinations.
Mir also announced weeklong summer festival that will begin on June 21. He said the festival will have adventurous activities. The government, he said, would provide various facilities related to adventure tourism including water sports, paragliding to the tourists visiting Kashmir during the summer festival.
Mir while giving a detailed resume of the facilities which are being provided to the tourists said that in order to promote tourism sector, guest houses, hotels, restaurant and related infrastructure with advance facilities needs to be upgraded, adding that government is formulating a comprehensive programme for up-gradation of tourism related infrastructure at potential spots to provide much needed accommodation facilities to meet out the requirement of tourist sector in the State.
He said that the department is holding several adventure sports related activities like water sports, paragliding that had not been exploited to its full potential yet.
He said that the rural tourism which has been introduced in the State and tourist related infrastructure is being created at identified rural tourist destinations out of which tourist related infrastructure in 29 villages of the State has been created.
He appealed the hoteliers of the Valley for providing quality boarding and lodging facilities to the tourists which would earn a good name for them and would boost economy and would provided much needed employment opportunity to un-employed youth of the State.