Kashmir Tourism Festival kicked off

15-day long event aimed to bring tourists to Kashmir


Srinagar, May 14: Minister for Tourism Ghulam Ahmad Mir today inaugurated Kashmir Tourism Festival 2013 at Kashmir Haat, here.
 Besides recreation facilities, various government departments at Kashmir Haat have set up stalls showing art and culture of the Valley for attraction of tourists.
 The fortnight-long festival is being organized by Tourism Department with financial assistance of Central Government and in collaboration with different departments.
 During the festival days different tourist related activities will be carried out at various tourism spots with focus to highlight adventure, golf, river and eco-tourism besides art and culture of the Valley.
 Union Tourism Secretary, Parvez Deewan, District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Director Tourism Kashmir, Talat Parvez, Chief Executive Officer Go Air, senior officers of various Departments and representatives of Tourism Associations besides tourists and locals were among others present on the occasion. 
 Speaking at the inaugural function, Tourism Minister said that Kashmir festival was organized after a long gap with the aim to bring back the tourism sector on the “revival path”.
 The Minister hoped that the festival would be a big success for tourism boom as the weather conditions in the Valley were pleasant as compared to the rising temperatures elsewhere.
 The Tourism Minister went around different stalls set up by departments of Tourism, Agriculture, Horticulture, Handicrafts, Agro-Industries, Floriculture, Sericulture, Wildlife, Fisheries, Cultural Academy, IHM, Information, WDC, besides other departments and appreciated the efforts of the stall holders for installing the stalls and providing all things at one platform to the tourists during festival days.
 Union Secretary for Tourism Parvez Dewan in his address said that Kashmir is distinct in tourism potential and Centre and State governments are making all out efforts to promote tourism industry in the State.
 He said 23 per cent of Central Tourism Budget is being expended in J&K for promotion of tourism adding that out of the total budget of Rs 400 crore, Rs 98.71 crore have been released to J&K Government for upgradation of tourist related infrastructure.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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