Indian travellers should prefer Kashmir over Europe: Union Tourism Secy

After winding up his three-day tour to Kashmir on Saturday, Union Tourism Secretary Yogendra Tripathi urged the people of the country, who intend to go for holidays, to visit Kashmir instead of European countries.

He said Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places on Earth which every traveller should visit.

According to state Tourism Department statement, the Union Tourism Secretary arrived here on Thursday and visited Dal Lake, SKICC, Chrar Chinari besides inspecteing houseboats on the first day.

On the second day on Friday, the Union Secretary Tourism visited Gulmarg, Kangdori, Affarwat, Botapathri and also inaugurated adventure courses at Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering. He also held a brief meeting with the representatives of hoteliers at Hotel Khyber and assured them that the Government of India is keen to promote J&K as the choicest tourist destination.

He said under various schemes, GoI has already released Rs 450 crore for implemental of various sanctioned projects.

“As soon as the projects are complete, we will be releasing more funds,” he said.

On the third day today, Yogendra Tripathi visited Indian Institute of Hotel Management Srinagar where he chaired a meeting to review the courses being offered and also the facilities for the students.

While stressing on introducing more short term courses at IHM Srinagar for local youth, Tripahti said there are immense opportunities in the hospitality sector.

Principal IHM Srinagar informed him that most of the pass outs from the institute have been placed at big hotel brands in the country and some of them having the entrepreneurial abilities have set up their own business ventures like restaurants and baking units.