JK goes tourist-hunting to newborn Telangana

JK goes tourist-hunting to newborn Telangana

SRINAGAR: Legislators from Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday visited Telangana to woo the citizens of the South Indian state to travel north.
The legislators’ delegation, comprising of Dr Shehnaz Ganai, Javid Baig, Ishfaq Sheikh, and Shakti Parihar, called upon the newly-created state’s Deputy Chief Minister, Mohammad Mahmud Ali, at Hyderabad, an official handout issued here said.
Congratulating Ali over the formation of Telangana, the legislators expressed hope that “more and more tourists from Telangana will visit the state (J&K) during summers and enjoy the splendid nature of the state”.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir will welcome the tourists from Telangana with open hearts,” the legislators told the Deputy CM, apprising him of the “hospitality which the people of J&K are known world over”.
They highlighted the tourism potential of Jammu and Kashmir, stating that the state is bestowed with “splendid natural beauty” and has many tourist destinations offering a “blend of nature, adventure sports, and health tourism”.
The legislators presented a pashmina shawl to the Deputy Chief Minister as a mark of good will gesture.
After assuming office, the PDP-BJP coalition has lend considerable focus to development of tourism sector in the Jammu and Kashmir, with the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who is also the state’s Minister for Tourism, calling for various reforms to promote high-end tourism in the state.
In the recent weeks, the J&K Tourism department and J&K Tourism Development Corporation have organised events in various states such as New Delhi and Jaipur to woo tourists to visit Kashmir.
And the efforts have won the authorities accolades from the tourism stakeholders who are keen to see revival of tourism in the flood-torn state.
More recently, the state government succeeded in making the paramilitary CRPF vacate the Centaur Lake View hotel at boulevard here.
The move was appreciated by the hoteliers who see it as the first step towards developing infrastructure for high-end tourism in the Valley.