Forget tourism, concentrate on healthcare: Tour operators to DAK

SRINAGAR: Kashmir-based tour operators’ bodies Thursday expressed resentment over the recent statement of by the Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) against New Year celebrations in the Valley.
In a joint statement issued here, the bodies said the DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hasan’s statement is “detrimental to the tourism revival plan.”
“Tourism Industry suffered extensive damages due to the recent floods, more so due to the negative publicity. The Industry came to a grinding halt and is yet to recover. The only chance for revival is through the promotional campaign that will start from January,” they said.
They said tourism festivals have to be taken as a part of the promotional activity, “the same way as other business establishments publicize their products.”
“The tour and travel bodies want to organise such festivals purely on the basis of rich cultural heritage of Kashmir,” they said.
They asked DAK and other non-political organisations “not to interfere” in tourism related matters “and rather concentrate on betterment of their own fields to ensure implementation of better healthcare.