Srinagar:Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Association (KHARA) has welcomed the statement of Minister of State for Tourism Sajad Ahmad Kichloo on removal of security forces from the hotels in Valley.
Hailing the bold statement of the MoS Tourism, President KHARA Showkat Ahmad Chowdhary said tourism sector badly needs additional hotel accommodation to cater to the growing rush of tourists to Valley.
Tourist rush to Kashmir is growing every year for which we need more accommodation. We have many hotels under the occupation of security forces. Tourism ministry should take quick action and evacuate hotels from the occupation of security forces so we can provide accommodation to large number of visitors, said Chowhdary. It was a long pending demand of tourism players here.
KHARA has also urged the government to vacate Centaur Lakeview Hotel on the banks of Dal Lake and huts at Chasma-Shahi from government officials.
The Centaur hotel is also occupied by the government officials who should be vacated. At least, 40000 tourists can be accommodated in this hotel a year, said KHARA President.
The huts are meant for tourism purpose and these will generate good revenue for Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation.
KHARA said it would support the government in its endeavor to promote tourism to boost the economy of the state.
KHARA assures the government and Department of Tourism its full support in making Jammu & Kashmir number one state on the tourist map of India. We also urge government to speed up work on infrastructural development at places of tourist interest in Kashmir, said KHARA President.(CNS)
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