Specttrum News: Following the turbulance created by the anti-national elements in the Kashmir Valley, now the state tourism is all set for a makeover. Publicity drives are on the cards and restrictions on the foreign tourists visiting various parts of Ladakh are also being relaxed gradually.
It is learnt that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to relax the 'Protected Area Permit' for foreigners visiting various parts of Ladakh. This will allow foreign tourists to visit various parts of the Nubra Valley without difficulty.
The Jammu & Kashmir government has asked the secretary tourism to initiate a massive publicity campaign all over India and also in south Asian countries to attract tourists.
Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has reiterated the resolve of the government to boost tourism infrastructure in the state and open new areas in Kashmir as well as Jammu for tourists.
The chief minister has directed the state tourism officials to expedite necessary approvals and initiate work on various tourism projects.
In addition to boosting tourism in already established tourist places, like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Mehbooba Mufti has directed that adequate attention needs to be given to upcoming places like Khilanmarg, Kokernag, Yusmarg, Tosamaidan and Doodpathri, among others to attract more tourists.
Mufti has also instructed the Tourism Department to undertake infrastructure development for promotion of adventure tourism in the state.
It is believed in the government circles that very soon atmosphere will be conducive for tourists to visit Kashmir as was prevailing earlier this year.