Srinagar’s Tulip Garden to be promoted at Canadian festival

To feature on ‘Wall of Fame’ from May 11-21

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 20 2018 1:02AM | Updated Date: Apr 20 2018 1:02AM
Srinagar’s Tulip Garden to be promoted at Canadian festivalFile Photo

In a major boost to tourism sector in Kashmir, Asia’s largest Tulip Garden situated on the foothills of Zabarwan range here is all set to be promoted at the Canadian Tulip festival being held next month.

Scenic photographs of the Tulip Garden here have been selected to be put up on a “Wall of Fame” at this global festival scheduled to be held from May 11-21. These colourful images will share space on a giant screen with photographs of some of the most popular Tulip gardens from across the world.

Retired floriculture officer, Javed Ahmad Shah, who has been instrumental in the setting up of the Srinagar’s Tulip Garden said the event will popularize it at the global level.

“I was overwhelmed to recently receive an invitation from the executive committee of the Canadian Tulip Festival. This will provide us an opportunity to our Tulip Garden to be promoted at this global festival and increase the influx of tourists,” Shah said who had participated in the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS) at Canada last year

The invitation letter from the Canadian Tulip Summit to Shah reads “We will set up a Tulip photo opportunity for the visitors with hundreds of tulips and a green screen”.

“Visitors will be offered a choice of which festival or garden they want to be photographed in. Once selected, a photo of the Tulip festival or garden will appear on the screen for the photo opportunity,” the letter reads.

As the Canadian festival draws tourists from all over the world, the local tourism stakeholders say this will introduce the Valley’s Tulip Garden to the international tourist and help to attract visitors from all over the world.

“We will encourage our visitors to post images on social media, so please make sure we have your various social media account, so we can provide them to our visitors,” reads the invitation letter.

Shah, who is considered an expert on Tulips said the Canadian invitation is a result of the detailed presentation which he made at the WTSS last year.

"The Canadian Tulip Festival will have a "Tulip art wall" of 400 feet long and 12-feet height set up. This wall will include creative art works depicting various Tulip Garden's of the world. We have also been invited to send across art works of the Valley’s Tulip Garden which will be put up on the art wall,” Shah said.

“We are planning for more than 5000 Tulip art work. Most of the art work will come from children from our region, but we would love to include children's art from your region. They will be integrated into the garden and highlighted as part of the "Children’s World of Tulip",” reads the invitation letter from Canada.

To mention, Kashmir’s Tulip Garden was judged among the “Top five tulip destinations” in the world by the World Tulip Summit Society last year.

The Tulip Garden received this recognition after competing with 17 countries including US, Japan, Turkey, Holland, UK and China in the 7th World Tulip Summit held in Canada’s capital city Ottawa on October 7, 2017.

Earlier in 2015, the Tulip Garden was judged as second best Tulip destination of the world by the same society at an event in South Korea.

Shah said the WTTS was also mulling over holding its biennial summit in the Valley in 2021. “If that happens, it will give a huge boost to our tourism sector across the globe. The 2019 summit is being held in Holland. The WTSS mission is to promote the Tulip as a symbol of friendship and peace and make use of the Tulip as a means to promote international goodwill,” Shah added.

 

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