SRINAGAR: The government would provide “full support” to the tourism industry for the state to become an international tourist destination, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said on Thursday.
Speaking at the ‘First Global Conclave’ organised by the Progress Harmony Development (PHD) chamber in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department at SK International Conference Centre here, Singh said the government “is keen” to promote tourism and associated activities in the state.
“They (truism and related activities) have a major role in promoting the state within the country and outside, and also dispel the wrong notions being created about this beautiful place,” he said.
He said the state has a “huge potential” for pilgrim tourism, and “the need of the hour is to promote the same”.
The state, he said, “is unique” in having three regions with varied topography and climate. The onus of promoting the topographical diversity lies on the Tourism department as well as on the people associated with the trade, he said.
The Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb A Drabu, Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga, Ambassador from Ukraine Embassy, first Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of Greece, Deputy Head of Embassy of Spain, Minister Counselor High Commission of Sri Lanka, and senior officers of J&K and various other states attended the conclave.
While calling for adopting a “well-planned strategy” for promotion of tourism, the Minister for Finance said the quality of services provided to tourists visiting the state must be of global standards.
He called for receiving feedback from all tourist players so that a “better mechanism”, with respect to various incentives and measures needed for tourism promotion, can be put in place.
The Minister for Industries and Commerce also assured the tourism industry and the people associated with it of “necessary assistance”.