An urgent meeting of J&K Hoteliers Club was held on Tuesday to discuss the various issues of tourism sector of J&K and to get gears turning in the Tourism Industry once Covid-19 is behind.
Chairman J&K Hoteliers Club Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya in the meeting revealed that first time in the history of J&K, the JK Hoteliers Club is undertaking project for wide survey of tourism sector of J&K in association with the research bureau of PHD Chamber to understand present issues current needs and expectations for the aftermath of the crisis from various stakeholders.
Chaya has requested all tourism stakeholders to utilize this opportunity to participate in this online survey, which will help in building a suitable recovery plan for the tourism sector, and perfect statistics will be shared with all stakeholders with contribution of tourism sector in terms of revenue and employment generation in J&K.
"In this regard an online survey link will be circulated by Hoteliers Club to all stakeholders of tourism sector," he said.
Chaya added that at this point in time, the occupancy, other than that availing quarantine facility, is almost nil compared to the previous years.
"The continuous lockdown from August-2019 has completely pushed the entire industry to the brink.The tourism industry was the worst affected due to Covid-19 pandemic, the state administration should seriously consider to waive off the electricity, water charges and reimbursement of GST," Chaya said.
Chaya said club also demands for release of pending payments of quarantine hotels.
Further, the Hoteliers club extends gratitude to the Lieutenant Governor and Advisor Baseer Khan for considering the suggestion of Club for facilitating the reopening of gardens, parks and tourism destinations.
Chaya stated that there are very grim chances for interstate travel, but travel within J&K is possible.
"Therefore J&K Hotelier’s club proposes all hotels and restaurants to come together for opening of high-end boutique hotels and resorts to local people of J&K on concessional rates , affording them experiences that were tailor-made for the International and national guests," he said.
Chaya said that travel will begin only after all clearances are in place and that the hotels will follow the prescribed health guidelines as per SOP of the administration.