LEH: In order to give fillip to tourism sector, the department of tourism Kashmir has asked hoteliers to avail the ‘central government incentive schemes’ for the construction, renovation and up gradation of their properties.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said they were encouraging hoteliers to avail GoI incentive schemes for construction, upgradation and expansion of their hotels, an official statement issued here read. According to the statement, the Director visited Leh where he interacted with hoteliers and travel agents informing them about the schemes. He also visited some of the properties which availed these schemes.
“The scheme is applicable to those who have registered their units a year before. Those who want to construct a hotel can avail the scheme a year after,” said Shah.
Director Tourism Kashmir said the hoteliers can avail incentive to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore through the scheme. He said Leh is a major tourist attraction of the state for travellers where “hoteliers should make most out of the schemes”.
The travel agents and the hoteliers raised many questions about the schemes to which the Director said the department would provide all help to the unit holders in availing the schemes without any hassle.
“We will try our best to help you in availing the scheme without any hassle. We will process the applications within no time. We want our hoteliers to have best of the properties so that tourists have comfortable stay here,” he said.
During the interactive meet, the tourism stakeholders raised concerns over the exorbitant airfare between Leh to Srinagar and on Delhi-Leh route. Shah assured that he would take up the matter with the concerned authorities, including the Chief Minister, so that the issue is addressed.
The travel agents also sought a proper space for them in the travel marts for which the notices, they said, should be made in advance. He assured them that he would circulate the dates of all the travel marts, the department would be participating, in advance. “We will send you all our dates and you should prepare for the participation in advance. We will provide you the proper space in all the travel marts,” he maintained.
He also visited the base camp of Stok Kangri mountain peak (6,153 metres) where hundreds of the travelers climb the peak every year.
He impressed upon the adventure companies to keep a limit on trekking expedition to the mountain peaks so that environment and ecology is not hurt.
He also had an interaction with the king of the former Royal Palace Leh His Majesty Jigmet Wangchuk Nangyal at his palace.