Srinagar: Ahead of the third G20 Tourism Working Group meeting here, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) on Sunday said that the meet will send a strong message across the world that Kashmir is a peaceful place.
The stage is all set for the third G20 tourism working group meeting scheduled to take place in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir from May 22- 24, 2023 under India’s presidency and the people of the region are ecstatic. The Kashmir Valley in recent years has witnessed an unprecedented rise in tourism, thanks to the scenic beauty and the culture of the region.
People hope that the meeting would bring about more employment opportunities and help the region’s development.
While talking to ANI, Gen Secretary, KTMF Bashir Ahmad Kongposh, said, “This is very good news that the G20 Tourism meeting is going to take place here in Srinagar. It will send a strong message across the world that Kashmir is a peaceful place. The travel advisories which many foreign countries have imposed on their citizens (Foreign Tourists) should be lifted. Tourism is the backbone of Kashmir’s economy. Local tourists who visit Kashmir Valley also praise its beauty and we also hope that the G20 tourism meeting in Kashmir will boast the tourism sector of the region.”
“We want more and more development to take place here. This Summit should benefit all of us,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Chief Coordinator for India’s G20 Presidency, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, on Sunday said the mega event will be an opportunity for delegates to see ‘Paradise on Earth’.
“The 3rd meeting of the Tourism working group in Srinagar will be an opportunity for G20 delegates to see ‘paradise on Earth’,” Harsh Vardhan Shringla said in a tweet.
Shringla shared some pictures of the city being ready for the summit, and said, “Here’s how Srinagar and its people are getting ready to welcome the delegates.”
According to a report, there has been a resurgence of confidence among the youth that foreign tourists would soon start travelling to Kashmir in great numbers.
Tourism, the backbone of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy absorbs the labour force from unskilled to the unorganized sector, which gives impetus to educational unemployment.
From ensuring that 120 Smart City projects are completed on time to beefing up security, the administration in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory (UT) is working round-the-clock to ensure that the summit in Srinagar, is a huge success and promotes Kashmir as a global tourism destination.
With sustainable and inclusive development initiatives taken by the Modi government, the citizens in Jammu and Kashmir believe that the event (G20 Tourism Working Group meeting) can serve as a power booster for the local economy and a progressive factor for the business community in the region to explore multidimensional growth opportunities.