Secretary Tourism for Government of India, Arvind Singh (IAS), who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday said that the domestic tourism is showing signs of revival, and encouraging reports are coming from Jammu and Kashmir itself.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Graduation ceremony of the 5th Snow Skiing course at the Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering, Gulmarg, Arvind said that the government is confident that domestic tourism will get back to its original level.
He said that domestic tourism is showing signs of revival in the country and the most encouraging reports are coming from Jammu and Kashmir, especially Gulmarg and Srinagar.
Arvind said that they are confident that domestic tourism will get back to its original level, once the vaccination programme is fully established and once the intensity of Covid-19 goes down. and after that they will consider the opening of International tourism.
In his address at the IISM, Singh said that those who aspire to come into Tourism industry after passing the 12th standard exams should be influenced to pursue courses related to Tourism which comes with good opportunities.
“IISM is conducting a course which can be done online, the course adds information regarding tourism,” he said.
Director Tourism Kashmir, Dr. G. N. Itoo in his address said that along with Tourists at the world-famous Ski destination in Gulmarg, the second edition of Winter National Games ‘Khelo India’ is also in full swing which is being organized by Sports Ministry and JK Sports Council.
“Tourism Department has extended the full support to JK Sports Council to make ‘Khelo India’ a grand success, which ultimately will also help in attracting more tourists to the valley,” Itoo said.
He said that whenever people visit the Gulmarg, this premiere Institute is always talked about and there are various programmes and events in the pipeline to attract more tourism in the valley.
Economic Advisor to Ministry of Tourism Government of India, Gyan Bhushan on the occasion said they are going to make advance calendar training programmes in the future.
“We are also mulling infrastructural updation and adventure sports events in coming summers,” he said.(KNO)