The Kashmir rafting marathon jointly organized by the Tourism department and Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) in Sindh stream here at Wussan in Ganderbal district concluded on Thursday.
The event was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Dr Piyush Singhla, Secretary Tourism M H Malik, and Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood Ahmed Shah by flagging off the five kilometer race from Wussan rafting point in Sindh stream which culminated at Wayil Bridge.
A total of 11 teams participated in the event. J&K Civil Defence team finished first while ATOAK bagged second and Living Kashmir Club finished with third position.
Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhter who was chief guest said that youth are the icons and the ambassadors of the J&K state.
"Tourists were our ambassadors but as now the tourist arrivals are low, it is you who have to come up and become the ambassadors. You have to show to the world what we are capable of, and create and new impression about Kashmir as nobody from outside would come to rescue you from difficult situations," said Naeem while addressing the participants of the Rafting Marathon.
Secretary Tourism M H Malik complemented the teams for their participation in the event.
Director Tourism Mahmood Ahmed Shah said "We are organizing the championship in Sindh because it has tremendous potential for holding rafting competitions. The event is also aimed at to dilute all the negativities about tourism activities in Kashmir." Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Dr Piyush Singhla also spoke on the occasion and said tourism is the game changer for Kashmir.