Published on : Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Priya Sethi, Minister of State for Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir, said at a roadshow in Chennai, “There is a false perception that Jammu and Kashmir is an unsafe place, so I request people from Tamil Nadu to visit us and see how the place has changed. The State is a safe place for tourists and I would also like to point out that stone pelting has also come down in the region.”
The Minister was present at the roadshow along with a huge delegation from Jammu and Kashmir including Ministers, government officials and members of the hotels association.
“Tamil Nadu has a wide range of corporate houses and I welcome them to have their MICE activities at Jammu and Kashmir. We can even offer good wedding destinations, which is the latest trend in tourism,” the Minister said, adding that her team would campaign across India to clear the misunderstanding that most people have about Jammu and Kashmir.
Mahmood Ahmad Shah, Director Tourism, Kashmir, said, “This year alone, we had more than 3 lakh visitors from South India. Last year, two lakh people visited our State.”
Post war, Kargil has also emerged as a tourist hotspot. As on 2015, as many as 50,990 tourists from across India visited the Kargil zone. In 2001, the region witnessed 1,077 domestic tourists.