Raipur: “Chhattisgarh is covered by natural Sal forests, wildlife and home to various cultures and traditions. Golf is a sport for passionate people and golf tourism gives the opportunity to not only play golf but also experience the destination. More variety of tourism products should be showcased so that tourists have more experiences to choose from”, said Chhattisgarh chief secretary Amitabh Jain.
He was addressing the FICCI Golf Tourism Summit and Golf Tournament organized by FICCI J&K State Council with the support Union Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Jammu & Kashmir as host UT, Chhattisgarh as partner state and IGTA as partner association from May 27 to 29 in Srinagar and Pahalgam.
In his address, advisor to Lieutenant Governor, UT of Jammu & Kashmir Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar said “Kashmir is an enchanting destination in terms of scenic beauty, environment and nature. I assure you that we will be able to very soon meet most of the shortcomings in terms of infrastructure, accommodation, and transport. Almost Rs 1 lakh crore has been invested to develop road infrastructure in Jammu & Kashmir and airports will be equipped with night parking facilities which will ease travelling by air.”
Union ministry of tourism additional director Rupinder Brar said in her address “It is encouraging to see an increase in tourist flow again. But it is not just about economics. We need to study carrying capacities and do things responsibly for sustainable experiences and for this to happen, there has to be a synergy between all the stakeholders. Jammu & Kashmir has opened up new destinations for tourists to experience. Chhattisgarh is one of the greenest states with rich art and culture. Both destinations offer numerous experiences to the tourist”.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Chhattisgarh Tourism Board Managing Director Anil Kumar Sahu gave a presentation on Chhattisgarh Tourism highlighting the various tourism products of the state.
A Panel Discussion was also held focussing on the diversity of Tourism Products from Golf Tourism, MICE, Medical & Wellness Tourism, Agri-Herbal Tourism, Eco & Ethno Tourism, Sports Tourism to Adventure and Wildlife Tourism, which can be intricately linked together to provide a unique and memorable experiences for domestic and foreign tourists alike with a special focus on Chhattisgarh and Jammu & Kashmir.
Meanwhile, FICCI Golf Tourism Summit and Golf Tournament was also attended by Diplomats from Germany, Austria as well as leading Corporates and private stakeholders.
Two rounds of Golf Tournament at the Royal Springs Golf Course and Pahalgam Golf Course were organized as part of the Summit. The delegates were also taken for local sightseeing, Cultural and Heritage tours.