50 more helicopter seats for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims

In a move to boost tourism in the Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) today announced allocation of 50 more helicopter seats to the hospitality industry during the ongoing Amarnath yatra.

Updated: Jul 05, 2010, 22:16 PM IST

Srinagar: In a move to boost tourism in the
Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) today
announced allocation of 50 more helicopter seats to the
hospitality industry during the ongoing Amarnath yatra.

"SASB has enhanced the allocation of helicopter seats to
the Travel Trade, Hotel and Hospitality Industry in the state
during the ongoing yatra, with a view to giving a fillip to
tourism-related activities in the state with the increased
participation of local stakeholders," an official spokesman
said.

The decision was taken on the directions of Governor N N
Vohra, who is also the Chairman of SASB, aimed at increased
economic benefits for the state`s hospitality industry.

"Of the enhanced seats, 10 each have been allocated for
the Hotel Associations of Kashmir and Jammu divisions, 10 for
the Hotel Association, Pahalgam, 10 for the House Boat Owners
Association and another 10 for Jammu and Kashmir Tourism
Development Corporation.

This is in addition to the quota of 140 helicopter seats
earlier allocated to the four recognized Travel and Tour
Operators, two each from Kashmir and Jammu divisions," the
spokesman said.

PTI