Srinagar, Feb 28:Â Secretary Tourism forÂ theÂ Government of India, Arvind Singh (IAS), who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir,Â on Sunday said that the domestic tourism is showing signs of revival and most encouraging reports are coming Jammu and Kashmir itself.
Talking to reporters in the side-lines ofÂ theÂ 5thÂ graduation ceremony of Snow Skiing course at Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering Gulmarg, ArvindÂ said that the government is confident that domestic tourism willÂ growÂ back to itsÂ previousÂ levels. He said thatÂ theÂ most encouraging reportsÂ of revivalÂ are coming from Jammu and Kashmir, especially Gulmarg and Srinagar along with other parts of India.
Arvind said thatÂ the governmentÂ isÂ confident that domestic tourism will get back toÂ pre-COVID levelsÂ once the vaccination programme is fullyÂ underwayÂ and the intensity of Covid-19 goes down.Â He said that onlyÂ after that willÂ the governmentÂ consider opening ofÂ international tourism.
Arvind Singh (IAS), who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, visited the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering on theÂ graduation ceremony ofÂ theÂ Snow Skiing course. He was accompanied by Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India Gyan Bhushan,Â Director Tourism Kashmir, Dr. G. N. Itoo andÂ Director Tourism Jammu, Naseem Shah Choudhary.
In his address at IISM, Singh said that those who aspire toÂ becomeÂ a part of theÂ tourism industry after passing the 12th standard exams can be influenced to pursue courses related toÂ tourismÂ and that this sectorÂ bringsÂ 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 withÂ touristsÂ visitingÂ GulmargÂ for recreation, there were athletes visiting Gulmarg as well for theÂ second edition of Winter National Games.
"The 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," he said.
Economic Advisor to the 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 updatesÂ and adventure sports events in coming summers," he saidâ€”(KNO)