SRINAGAR: Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Association (KHARA) held its 12th Annual General Meeting here on Saturday.
The meeting was chaired by KHARA’s President Showkat Chowdhary, while Secretary Tourism Farooq A Shah was the chief guest on the occasion. The association’s Secretary General Adil Khan presented the Annual General Report. Speaking on the occasion, Shah hailed efforts of the hoteliers in promoting tourism and assured them “all support” from the state’s Tourism department.
“Hoteliers have many things at stake. Even as tourism is a fragile industry, they invest and put their money at stake,” Shah said, urging the hoteliers to upgrade the facilities in order to offer comfortable stay to tourists.
The Secretary Tourism said Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed “is very keen” to see tourism flourishing and “his dream is to make J&K the number one destination in the world”.
“In the next two to three years, you will see J&K’s tourism will have undergone a lot of change. We will have upgraded both private and public infrastructure, and wayside amenities will also be created for tourists,” Shah said.
Showkat Chowdhary said KHARA is the oldest hoteliers’ association that has worked for promotion of the tourism industry in the state. Highlighting the association’s achievements during the previous year, he said KHARA was the first association to demand registration of hotels for five years.
“Now, the Tourism department has registered our properties for three years, but we are hopeful that Secretary Tourism will extend the registration to five years,” he said.