SRINAGAR: Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy Tuesday said the G-20 meeting will help in employment generation in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and will give a major push to the GDP generation of the tourism sector.
Talking to the reporters on the sidelines of the function here at SKICC, Reddy said that under India’s presidency, around 250 G-20 meetings are slated to be held in 56 capital cities of different states with Jammu & Kashmir being one among them.
He added that additional precautions have been taken in Srinagar as after a long gap such an event was organized in JK.
The Union Minister further stated that like other parts of the country, the people in Jammu & Kashmir too want development and employment opportunities.
“The G20 meeting is expected to bring more employment opportunities in the region and will give a major boost to the tourism sector by taking the GDP of the tourism industry from seven percent to 15 percent this year,” he said.
Moreover, Reddy while addressing a side event on the theme ‘‘Promoting Incredible India through Film Tourism’ on the sidelines of the 3rd Tourism Working Group Meeting, said that tourism has the greatest ability to generate overall employment, especially among the vulnerable communities. “Film production can have a lasting impact on travel destinations as the cinematic exposure to a destination transforms the place into a tourist destination,” he said.
Reddy impressed upon the states and UTs to have formal policies for the promotion of film tourism. Wherever there is an existing policy, the same may be strengthened to pave the way for film production, Reddy added. (KNO)