Srinagar: A delegation of Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA) headed by its President Abdul Majid called on Secretary Tourism J&K, Rigzian Sampheal to apprise him about the issues and concerns confronted by the hotel and restaurant industry in particular and tourism industry in general.
The Secretary in particular was informed about the grim scenario of tourist arrivals to the valley from 2014 till now. Secretary tourism assured the delegation of due consideration and support, an official statement issued on Thursday read.
The delegation pleaded that the Tourist Trade Act of 1978 needed a revisit for necessary ratification and modification and that a single window system needed to be introduced in the Department of Tourism for registration of hotels, guest houses and restaurants, besides, ensuring planned and organised growth of hotels, guest houses and restaurants.
KHRA strongly pleaded that “government should take immediate and necessary steps to install Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) in vulnerable areas most particularly in Lal Chowk, Rajbagh, Indra Nagar as the government is committed to facilitate all hotels, guest houses and restaurants falling in these areas.
Further, government needs to put in place Investment Insurance Policy so as to ensure the safeguards of investment being incurred by the hotels, guest houses and restaurants in the valley, in view of the fact that the valley has been facing acute political turmoil hitting hard the Hotel and Restaurant Industry in particular and causing huge loss to this sector of economic activity, it further read.
“The government should come up with a comprehensive and transparent tourism policy that would act as a guiding mechanism for promotion of tourism and the tourist related infrastructure,” it read.
The delegation laid stress that the policy should take absolute care of environmental, ecological, land-use and other concerns. The secretary tourism informed the delegation that the process for framing of tourism policy was already in motion and assured that all stakeholders would be taken on board while giving it a final shape.