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SHOWCASE J&K AS SAFE TOURIST DESTINATION, CM TO GREEK TOUR OPERATORS

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Urging domestic and overseas tour operators and media to showcase J&K as a safe tourist destination, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said there has been a sea change in the situation and time has come to remove doubts from the minds of people visiting the State. He said enhanced tourist flow will push up State’s economy and bring in peace and stability. 
Talking this morning with a 24-member tour operators group from Greece, led by Ms. Mary Souli, Chief Minister said a positive change has taken place in the situation which can be visualized by everyone visiting the State. 
Mr. Abdullah said media and tour operators have a critical role to play in highlighting J&K as a safe tourist destination which will help in reviving the tourism industry. He said tour operators could be instrumental in persuading European and other western countries to issue fresh advisories regarding safety in visiting J&K. Sharing her experience of visiting the valley, Ms. Souli praised State’s natur…

Strikes snatch poor man’s opportunity to earn livelihood: Omar

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TOURISM ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ANVIL 
Chief Minister (CM) Mr. Omar Abdullah today said that the government would soon formulate a Tourism Advisory Committee to seek opinion from experts in the field of tourism industry. He said the government will work out a comprehensive policy for the growth and development of tourism in the State. 
The Chief Minister said that frequent strikes mar the current tourist season and deprive thousands of people from earning their livelihood. He said uncalled for shutdowns will wreck the economy of the poor people, who depend on tourism industry for their survival.
The Chief Minister said this while addressing representatives of over a dozen associations connected with tourist trade and industry, at SKICC here today. 
The associations included that of hoteliers, houseboat owners, tour operators, tourist taxi operators, shikara operators and travel agents.
The Chief Minister said peace was paramount for tourists to visit the State from other parts of the country…