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J&K delegation urge US to lift travel restriction

PTI  Washington, December 12, 2012
First Published: 14:02 IST(12/12/2012) | Last Updated: 14:05 IST(12/12/2012)

A visiting business delegation of young entrepreneurs from Jammu and Kashmir has urged US to lift the travel restrictions on its citizens, now that normalcy has returned to Jammu & Kashmir.


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In its meetings with officials of the US government, the first ever business delegation from Jammu and Kashmir stressed that US should follow similar decisions made by Britain, Germany and Japan.

Lifting of travel restrictions would give a big boost to tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, said Shantmanu, Commissioner Secretary Industries of Jammu and Kashmir, in his interaction with the US business at an event organised by the US India Business Council (USIBC).

Organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the delegation is led by Waseem Trumboo, executive director of Trumboo Industries Pvt Ltd.

It comprises of young business leaders that own or operate small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) across a wide spectrum of industries.

In his address to USIBC, Trumboo said Jammu and Kashmir offers great investment opportunities to the corporate world, especially in the field of power, infrastructure, agriculture and food processing.

During its stay in the US from December 10 to 17, the delegation would also travel to New York, California and Colorado.

In California, the delegates will meet the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and explore logistics involved in hydro power in Los Angeles area dams.

In Colorado, the delegation will hold meetings and site visits in Denver and Aspen to learn about the infrastructure developed for tourism.

"This is a great opportunity to promote destination Kashmir and to create awareness about all that the state has to offer in terms of unique natural resources and adventure tourism potential," said Asif Iqbal Burza, director Senator Inns Pvt Ltd and Ahad Hotels and Resorts.

The mission will end with a meeting with the New York City Economic Development Council and other interactions in New York.

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