SRINAGAR: With all eyes on the first-ever three-day G-20 event being held in Srinagar from May 22, the Centre and the J&K administration are hopeful that the UT’s great tourism potential, sustainable tourism, adventure tourism, film, and eco-tourism will get a big push and open doors to multiple opportunities for local youth. The organizers of the event feel that it will help revive J&K’s economy.
Addressing the pre-event press conference at SKICC here, Chief Coordinator of the G-20 event, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, said that Srinagar has undergone a massive makeover. “Fiber cables are being laid down, and significant development has taken place on a war footing,” he said.
He added that G-20 events are being held in the north, south, east, and western parts of India for the first time. “Massive awareness camps have been held in all parts of the country about the G-20, specifically about the G-20 event in Srinagar. Guest arrivals have commenced, and we are all set to host the Tourism Working Group’s event related to G-20 in Srinagar from tomorrow onwards.”
Shringla mentioned that there will be international speakers, guests, and guests from various parts of India. “There will be group discussions as well. I believe the event will help revive the economy of J&K and its vast potential for tourism,” Shringla said, adding that “the event will also give a big push to J&K’s sustainable tourism, adventure tourism, film, and eco-tourism.”
He stated that the event will open doors of opportunities for the people of J&K, who are blessed with natural beauty. Speaking on the occasion, J&K’s Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta said that over the past few years, J&K’s tourism influx has seen an upward trend. “In 2022, 1.88 Crore tourists visited J&K. I believe this is just the beginning. We will have a direct train from Delhi to Srinagar next year, which will be a technological wonder. Foreign tourist arrivals have increased manifold this year,” he said, adding that “we have prepared 300 new tourist destinations to be explored. Sonmarg is going to be open throughout the year. J&K offers four colors white, which means snow; rainbow, meaning spring; green in summers, and orange in autumn. J&K is a tourism destination ready to receive guests throughout the year,” he said and welcomes the foreign and domestic guests taking part in the grand event commencing tomorrow. (KNO)