A delegation of Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) led by its President Sh. Rauf Tramboo called on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
To further the promotion of adventure tourism in Kashmir, the delegation requested Governor to: urge the Tourism Department to implement SRO 198 in letter and spirit so that the licence for functioning as Adventure Tour Operator (ATO) is issued only to qualified ATOs; attention should be given to the immediate renovation of the International Youth Hostel in Sonamarg; the amount of subsidy paid to adventure promoters should be enhanced and all major projects should be provided incentives.
The delegation sought enhancement in the Tourism Department’s budget for carrying out adequate publicity of adventure tourism; an adventure expert should be co-opted while planning adventure tourism in a given area; compensation should be granted for the ATOs being able to replace the inflatable rafting boats which were damaged/lost while rescuing flood victims during 2014.
Governor observed that he would take up the raised issues with the Chief Minister.