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JK among safest destinations for tourists, women: Priya
Posted 27 Dec 2017 03:29 PM

Inviting people from South India to experience the real Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi said the State offers an array of facilities to cater to every type of tourism needs of the visitors – be it business, adventure, religious tourism.
The Minister was speaking at a seminar and press meet on J&K tourism organized here by the Department of Tourism J&K in collaboration with J&K Tourism Alliance.
The seminar is a part of series of road shows organized by the department to promote J&K as a destination to travelers from South India.
“People have apprehensions about visiting Kashmir, but I must tell you that Jammu and Kashmir is one of the safest tourism destinations,” the Minister affirmed.
Welcoming the tourism tie-up between the J&K and Tamil Nadu, Priya Sethi said that the national tourism promotional programme ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ has provided both the states a platform to support each other in promoting tourism. She also invited corporate houses to hold their conventions and meetings at J&K, saying the state has finest properties to host such events.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Tourism Sarmad Hafeez gave an overall overview of the J&K tourism products. He highlighted the distinct features of all the three regions of the state.
Secretary Tourism also quoted the recently released report of National Crime Records Bureau which has stated that no crime was recorded against tourists whether foreign or local in Jammu and Kashmir.
“J&K is an extremely safe destination for women travelling alone. The feedback from women travelers from all over has been tremendous with respect to how safe they felt there”, he added.
Sarmad Hafeez said J&K state is diverse in every aspect – be it culture, handicraft, cuisine, landscape, religion, architecture. Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah also spoke on the occasion and informed the gathering that tourist flow to J&K for South India has seen an increase this year and hoped for this trend to continue in future. On the occasion, the department also screened many Tamil movies shot in Kashmir over the past two decades which was appreciated by the audience on the occasion. Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir Peerzada Zahoor, GM Operations Delhi Haat C B Koul were also present there along with host of travel trade fraternity from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. The department is also organizing road show and Press Meet at Bangalore on December 27 and another road show and seminar at Hyderabad on December 28, 2017. Commissioner Tourism Tamil Nadu Palni Kumar, President Travel Agents Association of India Sunil Kumar and Chairman Southern Chapter TAAI Shahul were also present on the occasion.

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