G20 Summit: Kashmir Braces To Host Historic Global Gathering, Aiming To Boost Tourism

Srinagar, May 18 (KNS): Kashmir, a region known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, is eagerly preparing to host the highly anticipated G20 Tourism Summit on May 22.

This momentous event, set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, holds immense potential for the local tourism industry, as global leaders convene to discuss strategies, exchange best practices, and foster international collaborations in the realm of tourism.

With an eye toward bolstering the region's economy and showcasing its tourism potential, the administration has left no stone unturned in ensuring that the summit unfolds flawlessly.

Official sources told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that a comprehensive framework of foolproof security measures, as well as meticulous logistical arrangements, has been put in place to ensure the safety, comfort, and success of all attendees.

They said that security has been accorded the highest priority, and the authorities have worked closely with both local police and other security agencies to devise an ironclad system.

“An extensive deployment of police, paramilitary forces, and intelligence personnel will maintain a vigilant presence throughout the region. Stringent access controls, comprehensive surveillance systems, and round-the-clock monitoring will be implemented to create a secure environment conducive to meaningful discussions and exchanges,” they said.

In preparation for the summit, significant efforts have been made to enhance the region's infrastructure and transportation networks. Roads have been expanded and improved, and market places have undergone massive modernisation.

The choice of Kashmir as the venue for the G20 Tourism Summit holds great symbolic significance, as it serves as a testament to the region's natural beauty and cultural richness.

Surrounded by picturesque Mughal gardens and serene Dal Lake, the setting promises to inspire creative and productive discussions, allowing participants to fully appreciate the tourism potential that lies within Kashmir's scenic vistas.

The boulevard road along the serene Dal Lake that leads to the main venue Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) has been fortified and decorated, giving a festive look to the entire corridor.

For the local administration, hosting the G20 Tourism Summit presents an exceptional opportunity to showcase Kashmir's tourism potential on the global stage. With delegates and media from around the world present, they hope to highlight the diverse array of attractions, including stunning landscapes, historical landmarks, traditional arts and crafts, and warm hospitality that the region has to offer.

By leveraging this platform, LG Manoj Sinha led administration aims to attract a larger influx of tourists, stimulate economic growth, and create sustainable job opportunities for the local population.

The G20 Tourism Summit in Kashmir is poised to address crucial issues in the tourism sector, such as sustainable tourism practices, cultural preservation, and the promotion of inclusive and responsible tourism.

By exchanging ideas, sharing success stories, and fostering international partnerships, the summit aims to shape the future of global tourism in a way that benefits both travelers and host communities.

As the global tourism industry eagerly anticipates the outcomes of this momentous gathering, the administration is determined to seize this opportunity to position the region as a must-visit destination.

A senior official in the administration said that they hope that the G20 Summit will pave the way for increased international recognition, greater tourist inflows, and ultimately, a significant boost to the local economy.

With just a few days remaining until May 22, all eyes turn to Kashmir, where the summit promises to be a turning point for the region's tourism industry.

The world watches with anticipation, hoping that this global gathering will not only contribute to the advancement of tourism worldwide but also bring forth a renaissance for the enchanting land of Kashmir. (KNS) 

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