G20 Event In Kashmir Kicks Off Amidst Tight Security

A convoy of cars carrying delegates make their way towards the venue for the G20 tourism meet in Srinagar – KO photos

Delegates Given Rousing Welcome with Traditional Folk Music, Dance

Srinagar- Delegates from different G-20 countries arrived in Srinagar amid unprecedented security cover on Monday to attend the 3rd Tourism Working Group Meeting at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) on the banks of Dal Lake.

The delegates arrived at the Srinagar International Airport in a chartered flight and straight away drove to SKICC.

The highest number of delegates are from Singapore, reports quoting the officials said, adding that the main event is scheduled to be held on Tuesday where a side event on ‘Film Tourism for Economic Growth and Cultural Preservation’ was held on Monday.

The discussion and deliberations will revolve around five key priority areas like Green Tourism, Digitalization, Skills, MSMEs and Destination Management.

As per the officials, a panel discussion aligned with the 5th priority of Tourism Working Group, highlighted the challenges associated with country-specific enablers adopted for promoting destinations through films and also emphasised the impact of film tourism on these destinations.

Earlier the delegates were welcomed with traditional dance and Rouf at the arrival lounge.

A group of five musicians were seen performing while scores of girls also performed Kashmiri folk dance Rouf.

Guests were showered with flower petals and ceremonial tikka, as per Indian custom,  placed on their foreheads by waiting receptionists.

Meanwhile, tight security arrangements were made in and around the venue to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of the event while Marine Commandos, Army, CRPF and other security personnel are on vigil on the ground to ensure a safe and secure G20 meeting.

The Boulevard leading to the venue will remain closed for vehicular movement on Tuesday as well. The traffic police had issued an advisory, appealing people to adopt an alternate route for two days (May 22-May 23).

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