Jora inaugurates Heli Skiing at Gulmarg

February 1, 2011

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora today inaugurated Heli Skiing here. The Heli Skiing is a joint venture of M/s Himalaya Sports and Moten Joseph of New Zealand.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jora said that the youth of our State have a great potential and stressed upon them to channelize their potential in right direction and constructive manner so that they bring laurels to the State not only on national but also at international level.

He further said that Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah is making every effort to promote tourism industry and also according due attention towards other sectors because a large section of our population directly or indirectly attached with tourism and other sectors like Handicrafts etc.

Mr. Jora further said there are so many tourist resorts which yet have not been brought on the tourist map of J&K. However, he said the present Government is according a special attention on these beautiful health resorts.

The Minister hoped that launching of Heli Skiing will add more beauty in Gulmarg resort which would attract more and more tourists to this place from all over the world. On this occasion, the Minister in presence of Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani also released the calendar of Tourism Department.

Minister of State for Tourism and H&UD, Nasir Aslam Wani while complimenting the efforts of the Director of M/s Himalaya Sports, Majeed Bakshi for launching the Heli Skiing in Gulmarg and hoped that the other youth of the Valley will follow the footsteps of Mr. Bakshi. He further said that the Government is taking steps for promoting winter games in Pahalgam and other tourist resorts also for which infrastructure would be developed.

Director Tourism, Farooq Shah while highlighting the performance of the department said that the department will cooperate support of private sector for establishing fundamental infrastructure for adventure tourism. He said that the department is ready to provide every technical guidance to the intending tourist and travel operators.

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