Tourism deptt organises FAM tour for 5 foreign travel writers

Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 19 2018 1:54AM | Updated Date: Jun 19 2018 1:54AM
Tourism deptt organises FAM tour for 5 foreign travel writers

Tourism department organised a familiarisation tour of Srinagar and Leh for five foreign travel writers from Australia and United Kingdom.

According to an official spokesperson, the writers reached Leh on June 5 and conducted five-day Ganda La trek in Ladakh before flying to Srinagar where they visited Dachigam National Park, Royal Spring Golf Course and stayed in houseboats at Nageen Lake for four days.

The travel writers after completing their visit also met tourism minister Tassaduq Hussain Mufti and secretary tourism Rigzian Samphal who apprised them about the state’s tourism attractions.

Tassaduq Mufti, according the spokesperson, urged them to highlight state’s tourism products in their respective newspapers and magazines for the promotion of tourism and apprised them about the efforts the department is taking for the safety of the tourists.

Director tourism, Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah said the FAM tour for the travel writers from reputed publications was organised in an effort to get attention of the governments from their countries towards Kashmir so that negative travel advisories are diluted.

“We have travel advisories from many countries which is affecting foreign tourist influx to Kashmir. These travel writers are from leading newspapers like Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, Wild Magazine from Australia and Daily Mail from United Kingdom which have wide readership. This will help motivate their governments dilute advisories on Kashmir,” he said.

The writers were led by Garry Weare who is the prominent adventurer and also author of many books from Australia.

Weare said the group was fascinated by the beauty which both Kashmir and Leh possesses and they will be producing articles on the beautiful landscape and adventure activities in the publications both in UK and Australia.

“We are hopeful that we are able to utilize international media to create a favorable opinion among lawmakers in these countries so that travel advisories on Kashmir are diluted to a greater extent,” he said.

Craig Tansley who works for many publications including Sydney Morning Herald said both Kashmir and Leh have unmatched beauty which every traveller should come and experience.

“We were amazed to see how this place is endowed with natural beauty. The landscape is amazing and every traveller should at least visit this place one a life time,” he said.

He said they would be publishing series of stories about what they saw in Kashmir.

Another writer Paul Ewart said safety of tourists in Kashmir was a misplaced notion.

“We were here for almost two weeks and we did not find any problem. Everything is good and travelers should come here. We will try our best to portray real picture in our stories,” he said.

Director tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said department has been organising FAM tours for the travel writers and also for the leading tour operators of the country to Kashmir to dispel the notion that Kashmir was unsafe to visit.

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