To make Jammu and Kashmir number one tourist destination, governor N N Vohra has stressed the need for developing the required tourist facilities to meet the requirement of the rapidly increasing arrivals of guests.
Vohra was addressing the valedictory session of the two-day sixth annual convention of the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) at SKICC here last evening. He observed that it would be extremely beneficial if the State Tourism Department, Travel Trade and all other stakeholders work closely together to develop the required tourist facilities to meet the emerging requirements of the rapidly increasing tourist arrivals in the state.
He said that before 1990 Kashmir was the choicest destination on the tourist horizon but the unfortunate phase that followed thereafter, caused a serious setback to this most important sector of economy, which virtually supports half the population of the state.
He, however, expressed satisfaction that, happily, things are moving back with the state again witnessing a surge in the tourism sector.
He said that the total of the tourist and pilgrim arrivals in the three regions of the state during this year is likely to be well above the population of J&K and this happy augury calls for timely putting in place all the required logistical arrangements.
"If we succeed in securing the envisaged goals, within laid down timelines, then the sky would be the limit for the growth of tourism in the state," the Governor said.
He added that this will give a crucial boost to employment and economic development of J&K.
The governor complimented ADTOI president Subhash Verma and his colleagues, for organising their the event and hoped that this would give a further fillip to tourism in J&K.
Earlier, in his welcome address Tourism commissioner-secretary Atul Dulloo thanked the ADTOI for organising their Annual Convention here which will help in the promotion of tourism in the state.
He gave details of various tourism promotion related events held in the state in the recent past and those planned for the coming months.