Advisor to Governor, K Skandan convened a meeting of tourism officers, hoteliers, travel and tour operators, trekking associations, adventure tour operators, ponywallas, Traders Federation Pahalgam, taxi operators, white water rafting and other stakeholders related with tourism sector.
According to an official spokesperson, the president Hoteliers Association apprised the advisor about various problems & challenges faced by the hoteliers and requested for quick redressal of their genuine issues. They also raised the issue that tourism has not been taken as industry and demanded to exempt tourism sector from GST. During the meeting, the Advisor was informed that Pahalgam has as many as 12000-bedroom capacity and demanded special attention by the government for funding the sector.
President Adventure Tour Operators Association informed the Advisor about sanitation problem at Tarsar Marsar and other high altitude lakes.
DC Anantnag, Khalid Jahangir informed that a common facility centre and a common laundry centre will be set up under MSME for which PDA will identify the land.
The Advisor heard the issues, grievances and demands put forth by the stakeholders and assured them that government is committed for the overall development of the tourism sector and necessary measures will be taken to address the issues.