Tourism arrivals to exceed 4-million mark this season: Director Tourism

Srinagar: Sounding optimistic that tourism arrivals may surpass the four  million mark this year, Director Tourism Department Kashmir, Mahmoor Shah Thursday said the department is all geared up to welcome the tourists.
While interacting with a group of students who are being trained to lookout for opportunities in tourism sector, Shah said that all indications are pointing that there shall be an expected influx of four million tourists this year if everything went right.
The training programme, as per the statement issued by tourism department here, is being organised by National Welfare Forum, (NWF), an NGO, in collaboration with Tourism Department working to promote rural tourism in the state. About 30 students from Pakharpora area of district Budgam are taking part in the training, “who are keen to work in sector of tourism in different capacities”.
Shah said that so far tourists are visiting our principal tourist destinations which include Palalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, for which the carrying capacity of tourists is 5500 to 3500 per day respectively.
“Once the tourist rush increases, the focus shall shift to the lesser known tourist destination. The tourist destination like Yousmarg, Dodipathri, Aharbal and Bungus valley may be developed in due course of time, keeping in view the demand and the needs of the tourists,” he said.
“These tourist destinations have all the tourist attractions for round the year tourism. The skiing slopes and lust green mountains and interconnected tourists circuits, is all what the tourist at present is demanding. There are number of unexplored areas in these circuits which are ideally suited for skiing and paragliding,” he added.