`Hope tourist inflow will end negative advisories`

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday expressed hope that the visit of over 6.6 lakh tourists to the Valley this summer would serve as a clear message for changing negative international travel advisories.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Tuesday expressed hope that the visit of over 6.6
lakh tourists to the Valley this summer would serve as a clear
message for changing negative international travel advisories.

"The (positive) modifications effected by some countries
in the travel advisories regarding Jammu and Kashmir is a
mater of satisfaction. We hope other countries will also
follow the suit," Omar said addressing the 9th Annual
Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India
(ATOAI) here.

So far 1.3 million visitors including 6.4 lakh Amarnath
pilgrims have visited the Kashmir Valley, indicating return of
good days for tourism sector, he said.

"This should be a guiding observation for countries to
remove the travel advisories they have issued to their
citizens regarding travelling to the state," Omar said.

The chief minister said the concept of relating tourism
activities with the normalcy needs to be changed.

"Jammu and Kashmir possesses vast potential of adventure
tourism which is gaining popularity and momentum globally over
conventional tourism," he said.

The danger attributed to these adventure sports is simply
a "misgiving", Omar said.

"The lovers of adventure sports undertake these
activities in a safe way and the graph of its popularity is
steadily rising," he said.

Seeking help from ATOAI to move forward in this direction
and training of local youth, the chief minister said the state
has to concentrate on improving and upgrading capacities
besides raising necessary infrastructure.

Omar said adventure tourism can be harnessed in a big way
to generate jobs and give boost to the economy across the
state.

Welcoming the suggestions for the growth and development
of adventure tourism, the chief minister said his government
would provide all facilities and help in this direction.

PTI

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