Rajouri: Centre for Hospitality & Tourism, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri celebrated world tourism day. World Tourism Day is celebrated under the aegis of UNWTO to promote and develop tourism worldwide.
On the occasion, the Centre for Hospitality and Tourism in collaboration with Community college BGSBU organised a webinar on Tourism Resources of Pir Panjaal. Prof. Javed Musarrat, Vice Chancellor of BGSB University applauded the efforts of the organising team for hosting the webinar. In his message Prof. Musarrat said that as the tourism Industry has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, World Tourism Day provides an opportunity to recognize the potential of tourism in building a better future for all.
Pir Panjaal region has the huge potential to emerge as the most sought out destination on the tourism map of India and can play a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of the region, he mentioned. Prof. IqbalParwez , Dean Academic Affairs , BGSBU congratulated the Centre for organising the webinar. Prof. Iqbal mentioned that the Centre for hospitality and Tourism has been established to develop world-class human resources in the field of tourism and hospitality. Dr. M. Ashaq Raza , a renowned educationist and researcher delivered the keynote address. In his presentation, Dr.Ashaq highlighted the major tourist attractions of Pir Panjaal region. Dr.Ashaq said that Pir Panjaal region has everything to offer for domestic and foreign tourists. He stressed on major policy interventions for the promotion of Pir Panjaal on the world tourism map. While highlighting the Girjan Valley project, Dr.Ashaq said that completion of Girjan valley project will be a game changer in bringing Pir Panjaal region on the world tourism map.
Dr. Danish IqbalRaina, Assistant Professor, Centre for hospitality and Tourism highlighted the role of local communities in sustainable tourism development. Dr. Danish said that the Tourism Industry can play a huge role in rural transformation by creating employment opportunities for the local population. He said that Tourism not only provides the major source of income for rural people but helps them to hold onto their unique cultural heritage and traditions. The webinar has attracted a large number of researchers, Students and practitioners from the tourism industry.