Two day workshop on responsible tourism in Himalayas concludes at BGSBU

Two day workshop on responsible tourism in Himalayas concludes at BGSBU

RAJOURI: A two-day workshop on practicing responsible tourism In Himalayas organised by the Centre for Hospitality and Tourism, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) in collaboration with world Wide Fund for nature – India and department of Wildlife Protection, Government of J&K concluded on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor BGSBU, Prof Javed Musarrat said that ecotourism has emerged as one of the most important sectors of the international tourism industry. Prof Musarrat urged the participants to come forward with their valuable inputs to various decision making agencies for the formulation and implementation of an inclusive ecotourism policy for the State of Jammu and Kashmir, an official handout read.
Prof Musarrat said, “Education and awareness of the locals and tourists is the key to successful implementation of eco-tourism measures.”
Chief Wildlife Warden, Suresh Gupta dealt on several various initiatives of the wildlife department to promote ecotourism in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Gupta talked about the many challenges faced by the wildlife department and sought the cooperation of general masses for the effective implantation of various initiatives taken up by the government for promoting ecotourism in the state, the handout read.
Chief Conservator of Forest- Ecotourism, J Frankoi highlighted the draft ecotourism policy of the state and inviting suggestions from various stakeholders to come up with a longterm policy framework for the development of ecotourism in the state of Jammu of Kashmir.
Registrar BGSBU, Ashfaq Ahmed Zarri said that one of the important outcomes of this workshop would be the formulation of consultative group that will advise the government towards a comprehensive policy framework and an action plan to promote and develop ecotourism in the state.
He said, “Getting locals connected with conservation practices at an early stage is the first step in ensuring participation of local communities in eco-tourism measures and thereby making tourism as a tool for conservation,” the handout added.