Govt Pitching Hard To Remove Travel Advisories on Kashmir: Nasir

Says Roadshows in US, Canada Will Increase tourism Influx

Srinagar – In a bid to woo high-end tourists to Kashmir, state government Wednesday said that it was “pitching hard for lifting of the negative travel advisories on J&K by foreign countries.” 

The government today expressed hope that its participation in road shows abroad, organised by Union Tourism Ministry, would help in removal of negative travel advisories issued by various countries in Europe and America.

The road shows aim to facilitate better understanding of tourism potential and improved security scenario in the state and help in removal of negative advisories issued by the governments of various countries in Europe and America, Minister of State for Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani told the state Assembly here.

Replying to a question raised by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain during Question Hour, Wani said the process of removal of advisories has already begun with the government of Germany.

He said a high-level state delegation led by tourism minister had visited the USA and Canada recently to take part in the road shows to promote cooperation and dialogue between the tourism authorities, tourism and hospitality, trade and opinion makers of India and the two countries.

“Realising the importance of these markets for revival of foreign tourist arrivals, state tourism minister led a delegation to attend these road shows,” he said, adding, “Government incurred an expenditure of Rs 4.11 lakh at uniform rate on each individual member of the team on travel in economy class, accommodation and other expenses.”

Wani said Plan Allocation for the Tourism Sector for the current financial year is Rs 111.31 core (Capital Component).

Wani emphasised that Plan Allocation for the Tourism Sector for the current financial year is Rs.111.31 core(Capital Component).

The minister said that a delegation comprising of minister In charge Tourism and Culture, Minister of State, Incharge Tourism & Culture, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Tourism and Culture Department and Managing Director, JKTDC visited USA and Canada. He said that Government incurred an expenditure of Rs.4.11 lakh at uniform rate on each individual member of the team on travel in economy class, accommodation and other expenses. 

Wani said that Ministry of Tourism held Road Shows in USA and Canada for promoting cooperation and Dialogue between the Tourism Authorities, Tourism & Hospitality, Trade and Opinion Makers of India and USA/Canada. He said, the Ministry of Tourism,, GOI considering USA and Canada as important markets for promoting various destinations and products of J&K State ,asked the State Government to participate in these Road Shows  which were led by the Minister of State Tourism, GOI. 

He said that realizing the importance of these markets for revival of the foreign tourist arrivals, a delegation led by the Minister Incharge, Tourism & Culture was deputed by the State Government to attend these road shows in USA and Canada.

The Minister said that such visits/progammes are expected to facilitate better understanding of tourism potential and improved security scenario and thus help in removal of the negative advisories issued by the Governments of various Countries in Europe and America. He said that process of removal of advisories has already begun with the Government of Germany.

Nazim-ud-Din Bhat, . Abdul Rehman Veeri, . Rafi Ahmed Mir, . Ashok Kumar,. Ashwani Kumar,. Radhay Sham also raised questions about the development  and lack of infrastructure in their respective constituencies and demanded that more steps should be taken to develop basic infrastructure  for the attraction of more and more tourist to those tourists resorts situated in their respective constituencies.

The Minister said that presently twenty Tourism Development Authorities are working in the State and they are doing an excellent job in developing the basic infrastructure and beautify the areas.

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