Govt committed to promote tourism: Dy CM

SRINAGAR: A deputation of Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners Federation (KHAROF) led by its president Abdul Wahid Malik Thursday called on Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh. Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi was also present, an official press note read.
According to the press note, the deputation projected several issues related to the promotion of tourism trade in the state. The deputation called for putting in place necessary mechanism to counter negative publicity being propagated by some vested interests and countering the same.
The issue of five years GST holiday for the tourism industry and extending the industry related incentives to the tourism industry was also projected. The Deputy Chief Minister assured time bound redressal of the issues raised by the deputation by taking up the issues with the concerned. He said that since tourism industry is the backbone of the state’s economy, therefore, the government is committed to ensure that the proper propagation of tourism sector is undertaken.
Singh further added that several new initiatives have also been introduced for ensuring proper augmentation of the tourist infrastructure and providing necessary facilities to the tourists coming here. He said that under Prime Minister’s Development Package, a special component has been earmarked for the tourism sector.
He said that in order to do away with negative publicity being done by certain quarters, a sustained campaign has been undertaken and special travel marts are being organised in different states.