Tourism minister takes stock of preparations
SRINAGAR: Describing 64th Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) annual convention an opportunity for stakeholders associated with tourism sector, Minister for Tourism Tassaduq Hussain Mufti on Sunday said the event would help “boost tourism in a big way”.
The minister was addressing a meeting convened to review the arrangement made for smooth conduct of the convention.
About 600 delegates from across India are expected to participate in the convention being held on March 27 in Kashmir after a gap of 30 years, an official handout read.
Tassaduq Mufti directed the concerned officials to put in their best foot forward to make the event a success.
Elaborating details regarding preparations being made by various departments, Director Tourism Mahmood A Shah presented a comprehensive presentation in this regard.
The director informed the minister that all concerned departments were working round the clock to make best possible facilities available to the delegates/guests attending the convention.
To avoid any inconvenience to guests attending the convention, the traffic department is taking various measures for hassle free movement of delegates, besides operating normal public traffic in and across the city, it read.
The police department has identified various points creating ‘distortions of visual’ in the city and measures were being taken to remove these, it further read.
Mufti directed the commissioner SMC to work in close coordination with the ERA for removing any bottlenecks, besides clearing the construction materials lying on roads creating ‘visual pollution’ in the city.
The minister also directed for removing barricades near SKICC facing lake to avoid visual blockage and making the musical fountains functional, besides up-grading hoardings, billboards and other visual displays at airport.
The participants will interact with the local travel tourism industry stakeholder.
Guests from across India including Gujarat, Bombay, Pune and Kolkata are expected to attend the event.
In the past 10 years, TAAI convention was held only once in India. Such conventions are mostly held outside India. In 2016, the TAAI conventions were held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Bali, Indonesia 2015, Istanbul, Turkey in 2012, Phuket, Thailand in 2010, Dubai, UAE in 2009 and London, UK in 2007.
Mufti directed for ensuring quality staff service on ground so that they could host the delegates in more professional manner, besides asking for coordination and cooperation among departments for hassle free movement and hospitality of the guests.