KHARA urges Vohra to work for sustainable tourism

SRINAGAR: Welcoming the re-election of N N Vohra as governor of J&K for the second term, Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Owners Association (KHARA) urged him to work for the promotion of the hospitality sector in the state.

President KHARA Showkat Chowdhary said appointment of Vohra as Governor of J&K state for the second term would prove fruitful for the tourism sector.

“We welcome Government of India's decision to appoint N N Vohra as Governor of J&K for another term. This will benefit tourism sector as Vohra has already worked for this sector. He has also worked for the economic development of the state,” Chowdhary said in a statement.

Chowdhary also urged Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Amarnath Shrine Board, to promote sustainable pilgrim tourism while taking into consideration the fragile ecosystem of the State.

“The Amarnath yatra is the best example of pilgrim tourism and Vohra should take more steps to ensure that the pilgrimage is regulated more efficiently without taking its toll on state’s fragile environment. We want pilgrim tourism to be promoted while handling the environmental issues very carefully,” said Chowdhary.

The KHARA president also urged the governor to take into confidence the local stake holders including tour and travel operators for the promotion of the pilgrim tourism.

“Local tour operators should also be taken on board while allotting helicopter seats for Amarnath Yatra. The benefits of this pilgrimage should also go to the local stakeholders,” said Chowdhary.

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