Kashmir to develop new tourism spots
Jammu and Kashmir is to develop new tourism destinations in the state with world-class facilities to attract the high-end tourist.india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 13:01 IST
Jammu and Kashmir is to develop new tourism destinations in the state with world-class facilities to attract the high-end tourist, an official said Thursday.
At least four such destinations, two each in the Kashmir Valley and in Jammu region, will be developed to promote "high earning leisure tourism in the state", the official told media persons here.
Deputy Chief Minister Muzzaffar Hussain Baig, who also holds the portfolio of tourism, told tourism officials at a meeting that there was a need to develop new tourist resorts in the state as "most of the existing tourist infrastructure does not carry any fresh appeal and does not match the facilities available in the present day tourism market."
He regretted that as a result "Jammu and Kashmir has not been able to fully exploit its potential in hill and mountain tourism".
He said the state government would seek the assistance of multinational consultancy firms to develop the resorts.
Similar resorts are also planned at Dudpathri, Bootapathri and Bungus Valley in Kashmir.
Baig said the process for engaging the consultancy firms would be completed by the end of March, so that the development of the resorts is taken up at the earliest.