Speakers praise UT’s scenic spots, seasons, and hospitality

SRINAGAR, MAY 27 (KNS): Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today described Jammu and Kashmir as an incredible golfing destination in the country while saying that the tourist map of the region offers everything for travelers and tourists.

He made the remarks while addressing the inaugural function of the Golf Tourism Summit-cum-Golf Tournament organized here by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with J&K Tourism Department and Chhattisgarh Tourist Board.

The golf tournament will be held at Srinagar and Pahalgam golf courses in the Kashmir Valley.

Councilor Bhatnagar said when it comes to golf, J&K has incredible beauty and perfect surroundings and professionally landscaped golf courses. He observed that everyone who visits Kashmir leaves happy which is a greater tribute to the spirit of J&K and the hospitality it provides to visitors.

The councilor said that there are many opportunities for tour operators and tour operators and the hospitality industry also in the region due to the presence of these magnificent golf courses. He said the government is improving and strengthening logistics facilities for tourists in a phased manner.

Speaking on the occasion, Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain appreciated FICCI for bringing J&K and Chhattisgarh together through a golf tournament, saying that the two regions of the country can explore golf destinations and complement each other also through golf tourism.

“We thank FICCI and J&K Tourism for inviting us to play golf at Paradise. Golfing in Kashmir is a dream,” Jain said.

Additional Director General of the Union Ministry of Tourism Rupinder Brar also spoke on the occasion and noted that J&K is creating its own footprints globally and as stakeholders “we need to create a fair narrative and perspective in front of people and act as responsible travelers and tourists to correct message so that domestic and foreign tourists can be attracted to J&K.

Speaking on the occasion, J&K Tourism Secretary Sarmad Hafeez said that tourism in J&K is doing wonderfully well and the region has had the best five months in its history in terms of tourist arrivals.

He also appreciated the support given by the tourism and travel industry with great support from the Ministry of Tourism, GoI, to promote J&K Tourism as well as UT as a golf destination in the country. He added that J&K has a comprehensive golf circuit with five golf courses, providing beautiful layouts for professional golfers across the country and abroad.

Director General of Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, Anil Kumar Sahu, during a presentation on Chhattisgarh Tourism, gave an overview of tourist destinations and potential in Central India.

FICCI J&K Council Chairman, Irfan Ahmad Guju, FICCI J&K Council Co-Chairman, Rajesh Sharma and FICCI Tourism Committee Member and Indian Golf Tourism Association Chairman, Rajan Sehgal also spoke on occasion and have appreciated the wide range of services offered by the J&K Government in the tourism sector and across golf destinations.

The Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Dr. GN Itoo, other senior officers, representatives from the hospitality industry, travel industry, golf aces of the country were present on the occasion.

Later in the evening, a panel discussion on “Showcasing India’s Diversity of Tourism Products and Destinations” was also held.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and MD CG Minor Forest Produce, Government of Chhattisgarh, Sanjay Shukla; Minister Counselor Economic Affairs, German Embassy, ​​Dr. Stephan Hesselmann; Commercial Counselor and Commercial Commissioner, Austrian Embassy, ​​Hans Joerg Hoertnagl; SKICC Director Javed Humayu Bakhshi, IATO J&K Chapter President Nasir Shah and J&K Golf Association President Mushtaq Burza were the panelists during the discussion.

The discussion looked at the diversity of tourism products from golf tourism, MICE, medical and wellness tourism, agri-food tourism, eco and ethnic tourism, sports tourism, adventure tourism and wildlife that can be intertwined to provide unique and memorable experiences. to domestic and foreign tourists with special emphasis on Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir.

A question and answer session was also held during which participants raised several questions which were satisfactorily answered by the panelists. (KNS)