SRINAGAR: Malaysian airlines are eager to have direct flights to Kashmir to boost tourist flow from Malaysia to Kashmir, the country’s High Commissioner to India Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid said here, as he concluded his three day visit to Kashmir Monday.
High Commissioner Hamid had arrived in Srinagar on November 17 on an FAM tour organized by Tourism department Kashmir in collaboration with Srinagar based Euphoria Travel Services.
Hamid said Malaysians are visiting Kashmir in good number as they love the place.
“Most of the Malaysians who visit India want to visit Kashmir also. They are happy for their travels to Kashmir as locals are treating the tourists well and ensure that their holidays are memorable,” he said.
He said Malaysian airlines are eager to increase flights to India and also have direct flights to Kashmir, which will further boost tourist flow from Malaysia to this place.
“There is every support from the government to airlines to start direct flights to Kashmir. The better connectivity will not only enhance bilateral relations but also people to people contacts,” he said.
Hamid who was all praise for the beauty and hospitality of Kashmir, visited Mughal gardens along with other places in Srinagar and Gulmarg, where he enjoyed Gondola and snow scooter rides.
Directors Reyaz Ahmad Shah and Mohammad Sarfaraz along with trade and travel bodies interacted with the High Commissioner in Srinagar.
Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Sheikh Ashiq, President Travel Agents Association of Kashmir Ashfaq Siddiq, President Adventure Tour Operators of Kashmir Rauf Tramboo, Nigeen Tourist Trade Association member Peerzada Faiyaz along with their office bearers interacted with the High Commissioner and discussed increasing cooperation in the trade and tourism sector with Malaysia.