Published on : Friday, March 30, 2018
To boost tourism, Kashmir needs to give importance to civic infrastructure and build institutional framework within tourism industry so that it helps local economy and the common people. This was recommended by the experts and delegates at TAAI convention in Srinagar yesterday.
A number of delegates and experts on tourism, hospitality and aviation spoke about different aspects of tourism and hospitality sector on the second day of the three-day convention of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI). A number of delegates from across India and also international travel trade members are taking in the 64th TAAI convention.
Kapil Kaul, the CEO of New Delhi-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) India said, “To boost tourism, there is a need for civic infrastructure development. Besides, institutional framework within the industry is needed so that trickledown effect on local economy is larger.”
Kaul added that lack of tourism infrastructure in the Valley has resulted in low job creation.
To quote Kaul, “There needs to be creation of high-wage jobs in this industry so that more youngsters opt for a career in this field.”
“Limited number of five-star hotels in Kashmir is a lacuna that needs to be overcome. Kashmir needs more of them. What is the point of asking more airlines to fly to Srinagar when the starred hotel infrastructure is quite weak?” he asked.
Kaul said regarding the development of the Srinagar Airport, that its operating hours need to be increased for utilizing the full economic potential of the airport.
Regarding the high prices of air tickets, Kaul said: “Frequent skyrocketing of airfares on the Srinagar sector is a natural outcome of demand and supply. It is obvious that the earlier you book, the cheaper you get. This exists everywhere and here as well.”