SRINAGAR: Ambassador of Thailand to India, Chalit Manityakul, on Monday said that tourism was a vital link between Kashmir and his country.
According to an official spokesman, Manityakul said this during an interaction with chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here on Monday.
During their meeting, the official said, Mufti discussed several issues of mutual interest, especially those related to increase in footfall of tourists to Kashmir from Thailand, with the ambassador.
Manityakul informed the CM that Thailand was a booming travel industry, which is expected to see arrival of an estimated 29 million overseas visitors this year, the official said.
The official said that the Thai ambassador offered his cooperation to increase footprint of visitors to the state from his country.
The official said that Mufti urged Manityakul to promote Kashmir as a golfing destination for visiting tourists from Thailand.
According to the official, Mantiyakul was also informed that the state government will soon start chopper service for high-end travellers to Pahalgam and Gulmarg, “which have two of the most picturesque golf courses in the state”.
The Thai Ambassador also sought support of the Chief Minister in organizing a business venture meet between the tour operators of J&K and Thailand, the official said.