Srinagar, Jul 10: In a major boost to strengthen and promote the tourism infrastructure in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) is all set to start the promotion of the much-awaited 80 seater cruise boat service in Dal Lake very soon.
Managing Director Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) Nisar Ahmed said that they will be receiving the charge of cruise boat very soon as there is some technical work to be done before it is set in operation, however the promotion for the boat will be started soon so that people become aware of the development.
“As soon as the cruise boat starts, people can make the bookings for family get-togethers, ring ceremonies or any other social gatherings. The cruise boat comes with the seating capacity of 80 people and is equipped with a maximum of facilities,” he said. Pertinently after the government announced the tourism sector in priority sector for vaccination, the tourism department in its inoculation drive immunized the tourism stakeholders who have a direct interface with the tourists.
According to the Tourism department officials, around 90 percent of the people associated with the tourism industry have been vaccinated, which include, hoteliers, restaurant owners, houseboat owners, and their staff, shikarawallas, and others associated with the industry, after which the tourism department also held the Capacity Building Measure Program for tourism stakeholders, sensitizing them about the adoption of Covid appropriate behavior.
The government is also in process of starting the air safari and air rides over certain tourist locations including a ride over Dal Lake and adjoining areas.
While chairing a review meeting on Friday, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan stated that the move will boost tourism in Jammu and Kashmir and provide tourists with an interesting experience. He also mentioned that the department is looking into helicopter services to improve connectivity between major destinations and attract more visitors.