JK bags ‘Excellence in Regenerating Tourism’ 2012 Award

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Conde Nast Travel Awards

NEW DELHI – Jammu & Kashmir was conferred with a special  award in “Excellence in Regenerating Tourism” for the year 2012 by well-known Conde Nast Traveller Magazine at a glittering ceremony here Thursday. Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani, received the award on behalf of J&K State.

J&K has been selected for the “Special Excellence Award” for its efforts in promotion of tourism in the State. A record number of tourists, both domestic and overseas, visited J&K this year. Several national-level conferences and conventions were also held in the State this summer, which were attended by a large number of visitors.

This latest award comes after CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards earlier this month adjudged Ladakh as the best “Adventure Tourism Destination” for 2012.

After receiving the award, the Minister in his address, thanked the Conde Nast Traveller magazine for its recognition of the efforts put in by the State Government in promotion of tourism activities in the State. “We want to assure all stakeholders in the tourism industry that J&K will continue to strive for improving the quality of service offered to the visitors and see high-end infrastructure is created to increase footfall of visitors to the State,” he said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the function held at The Oberoi, here, Mr. Nasir Aslam said both Conde Nast and CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards are one of the most accredited honours for travel and tourism industry in the country and J&K winning special awards this year from both the groups augurs well for tourism industry in the State.

The Minister said that J&K will continue to excel, set benchmarks and prove its proficiency on global tourism platform. “We in the State have dovetailed tourism with J&K’s rich heritage and culture as we see these two sectors instrumental in driving the tourism sector,” the Minister maintained. 

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