The third G20 meeting on tourism is taking place in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir following the first one in Kutch, Gujarat and the second in Siliguri, West Bengal. A total of 118 G20 meetings have taken place across the country under the presidency of India.
The route connecting the Srinagar airport to the Sher-E-Kashmir International Convention Centre where the event has been decided to take place was given a massive makeover with the walls painted with the G20 symbol. The hoardings welcoming the delegates were also seen alongside the route. Security measures have been carefully taken to avoid any kind of unwanted incidents.
As per the information provided by G20 chief coordinator Harshvardhan Shringla, the meeting is going to have the highest number of participation of delegates, making it one of the most significant events in Jammu and Kashmir. The participants will be representing G20 nations, invited nations, international organizations as well as industry stakeholders.
The tourism secretary declared two objectives of the meetings which included making a roadmap for the GOA in order to achieve sustainable goals (SDGs) and the G20 tourism ministers’ declaration. The topics to be discussed in the meeting are green tourism, digitalization, skills, MSMEs and destination management that can lead to achieving the 2030 SGDs targets.
The tourism secretary also informed about ‘Film Tourism for Economic Growth and Culture Preservation’ taking place on the 22nd and 23rd of May as a side event to promote film tourism of the Union Territory. A draft ‘national strategy for film tourism’ will also be unveiled to make a roadmap for harnessing the role of films promoting tourist destinations.
Harshvardhan Shringla also added that it could bring attention to Jammu and Kashmir and revive the handicraft business in the Union Territory. He also criticized the negative advisories on Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that I did not affect tourism. He also emphasized the aim of the Prime Minister i.e. ‘Jan Bhagidari’.
Former CM of the Jammu and Kashmir state, Mehbooba Mufti was criticized by Kavindar Gupta who served as a deputy Chief Minister accusing her of ‘spitting venom’ against the government. He also added that she was exposed several times for doing nothing for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and that the PM has made India one of the global economic giants.
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