Pahalgam Hoteliers Seek Govt Action, Elect New Body

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PAHALGAM: The annual meeting of members of Pahalgam Hotel/Guest House Owners Union (PHGHOU ), was held in Pahalgam the other day. 

President Abdul Rahman Ganai and General Secretary Mushtaq Pahalgami addressed the members of the union and said, the union must work for the betterment of the tourism industry and will address the problems faced by the industry in all forums, highlighting the problems faced by Pahalgam hoteliers and guest house owners. 

The members also unanimously condemned the unfair and partisan constitution of the recently constituted Tourism Advisory Board in the state which, according to union leaders, a number of ‘tainted’ loyalists of the ruling alliance have been appointed, sidelining deserving and qualified players in the tourism sector. 

The union also resolved to appeal to the state government to include deserving local players from tourism in the board. The members also discussed the continuing lack of infrastructure in the region, severely affecting tourism in and around Pahalgam, and made an appeal to the government to take immediate note of long pending infrastructure needs of the region. 

The Association also deliberated on the need for the government to provide a long overdue compensation package and/or incentive to help them overcome the damages suffered in last year’s floods; which the region is still grappling to come to terms with. 

The members also resolved to appeal to the govt. to provide support and patronage to local tourist players in local, national and international trade and tourism promotion events and fairs. The union also decided to appeal to the national media to stop portraying a dismal picture of the valley and show foreign and domestic tourists the true and vibrant picture, with both the weather and the political environment having returned to stable. 

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