In a move to boost tourism in the Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), on Monday, announced allocation of 50 more helicopter seats to the hospitality industry during the ongoing Amarnath yatra.
"SASB has enhanced the allocation of helicopter seats to the Travel Trade, Hotel and Hospitality Industry in the state during the ongoing yatra, with a view to giving a fillip to tourism-related activities in the state with the increased participation of local stakeholders," an official spokesman said.
The decision was taken on the directions of Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chairman of SASB, aimed at increased economic benefits for the state's hospitality industry.
"Of the enhanced seats, 10 each have been allocated for the Hotel Associations of Kashmir and Jammu divisions, 10 for the Hotel Association, Pahalgam, 10 for the House Boat Owners Association and another 10 for Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. This is in addition to the quota of 140 helicopter seats earlier allocated to the four recognized Travel and Tour Operators, two each from Kashmir and Jammu divisions," the spokesman said.