Riyaz Ul Khaliq
KL NEWS NETWORK
The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) Sunday hailed the state government for constituting “much awaited” Tourism Advisory Board.
Speaking to Kashmir Life, KCCI head, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani said, “it was the long pending demand of Kashmir’s tourist traders that an advisory board for Kashmir tourism be constituted which has been fulfilled by the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed dispensation.”
Notably, state government recently constituted a tourism advisory board under the chairpersonship of CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The 23 member board includes:
Parvez Dewan IAS, Former Union Tourism Secretary, Dr Lalit K Panwar IAS, Former Union Tourism Secretary, Umang Narula, IAS, Chairman cum Managing Director ITDC, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman cum Managing Director, Air India, Muhammad Salim Beigh, Member National Monuments Authority of India, Union Ministry of Culture, Subash Goel, Chairman IOTA, Sunil Kumar, Chairman TAAI, Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson Lalit Group of Hotels, Rafi Ahmed Mir, Hotel Volga, Mushtaq Ahmed Burza, Ahad Group of Hotels and Resorts, Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya, Grand Mumtaz Group, Nakul Anand, ITC Group of Hotels, Rohit Khosla, Taj Group of Hotels, Arun Nanda, Club Mahindra Group, Omar Tramboo, Khyber Resort & Spa, Bharat Choudhary, KC Residency, Jammu, Chander Gupta, Fortune Rivera, Jammu, Hardeep Singh Anand, Hotel Asia, Prof Parikshit Singh Manhas, Director School of Tourism Studies and Hospitality Management, Jammu University, K B Kachroo, Radisson Group of Hotels, Muhammad Ibrahim Siyah, President, Travel Agents Society of India, Kashmir, Rajesh Gupta, Chairman Tourism Federation of Jammu and Rakesh Mathur, Honorary Secretary, Eco Tourism Society of India.
Farooq A Shah, IAS, Secretary Tourism J&K shall be the Member Secretary of the Tourism Advisory Board.
Wani said that the constitution of such a board shall be helpful in filling the gaps in the tourism sector. “The selected persons for the tourism advisory board are experts and it will help in giving boost to Kashmir tourism.”
However, Wani added, “the tourism trade bodies feel that they lack representation in the constituted board, however, they supported the constitution of the board.”
“All tourism trade bodies had a meeting at KCCI head office in Srinagar on Saturday which authorised KCCI to take up the issue of lack of trade bodies’ representation with the state government,” Wani said.
“Tourism trade bodies’ heads,” Wani said, “feel that their representation in the board is must which KCCI will try to resolve with the government.”