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E-Ticketing at Gulmarg: Tourism should be kept away from politics, says Farooq Shah

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Srinagar: As the standoff between Cable Car Corporation and Local Tourism players at Gulmarg on the controversial E-Ticketing decision continues, National Conference leader and renowned Tourism administrator Farooq Ahmad Shah hasappealed against politicizing Tourism, particularly Gulmarg and said the tourism sector should be kept away from it.
Shah was interacting with different stakeholders in the Tourism sector at famous tourist resort of Gulmarg and deliberated about the E-Ticketing issue. He asked the stakeholders to treat tourists as guests.
Those who met him included President Gulmarg Traders Association, President Gulmarg Pony Association Gulmarg, President Gulmarg Sledge Forum, President Gulmarg Tata Sumo union President, President Gulmarg ATV union , Vice- President Gulmarg Guide Association etc.
During the interactions,
Shah told them that he has taken up the issue with State Administration which has assured him support and a pro-labour class policies.
He said that authorities assured him of a pro-Labour policy in Gulmarg and said nobody in the local Tourism industry would be left distressed and workless. He said he held many rounds of deliberations with different stakeholders including authorities and the local Tourism Players was hopeful of an amicable resolution of the issue emerging out soon.
The former bureaucrat who has headed the Tourism department in various capacities for a long time during his services said that nobody would be allowed to eat upon the bread and butter of the locals who have been contributing immensely to the industry in various capacities over the years.
The former Secretary Tourism also urged locals to treat the tourists as the special guests as they were an important part of tourism industry in the valley. He said Kashmir particularly the Gulmarg has been famous for its hospitality across the world and that sprit has to be held high even if there were issues with the authorities . He also urged various stakeholders to shun the confrontation and resolve the issues amicably so that tourism is not affected in the world famous ski resort.
Farooq Shah appealed all to keep Gulmarg away from politicking and said the famed tourist resort was backbone of the local economy in the Tangmarg constituency and should not be used for politics. While hoping for a good Tourist season ahead, he suggested that the interests of the local stakeholders should be kept as top priority by the administration. He urged government to reconsider the decision.
Meanwhile local Tourism stakeholders during a meeting at Gulmarg urged Shah to visit personally different states particularly Mumbai, Gujrat, Delhi and other areas and use his personal influence to woo tourists to Gulmarg . Shah assured them of every possible help he can render to boost tourism activities in the valley particularly in Gulmarg and adjoining areas

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