Govt willing to train tourist guides to cater to tourists

SRINAGAR: Underlining the importance of managing tourism industry in better way, the state government is willing to offer training to unemployed youth to act as tourist guides.
Minister of Tourism Ghulam Ahmad Mir told Kashmir Reader that some of the prominent tourist places in the valley do have sufficient availability of tourist guides, but there are many destinations where in “there is need tourist guides.”
“One can see sufficient tourist guides at Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, but there are tourist places where there is dearth of such trained guides,” Mir said.
Adding that if youth come forward they can be trained by the government to act as licensed guides and this could provide them with a better employment.
“Tourist guides can contribute lot tourism, and with many new places now being added their requirement is necessary to uncover of hidden tourism potential at some tourist spots,” he said.
He said sharpening the skills would enrich their knowledge to enable them to act professionally as that is why need to train them.
The minister said that they are committed to upgrade trained manpower to boost tourism in the state and apart from tourist guides, the tourist police too needs to be strengthened.
We are looking into possibility that we upgrade the tourist police in sufficient numbers as this is required to manage the rush we now are witnessing, he said.