Srinagar July 6 (IANS): In order to enable more and more people to join the tourism sector, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has notified procedural guidelines for the registration of homestays and paid guesthouses in the territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Union, officials said Wednesday.
Orders to this effect have been issued by Tourism Secretary Sarmad Hafeez.
“The purpose of notifying these guidelines is to create a hassle-free environment for those wishing to register their properties as homestays/paying guesthouses by simplifying many procedural requirements and minimizing paperwork,” says an official statement.
“An additional benefit of introducing the concept of homestays is to promote local culture, cuisine, crafts, etc., thereby improving employment opportunities for locals. Homestays/ Chargeable guesthouses would also be encouraged in the 75 new tourist destinations recently put on the map by the Department.
The statement further indicates that this is expected to significantly increase tourist numbers.
The Ministry of Tourism has recently taken several innovative measures to improve tourist services, extend tourist seasons, add more destinations to the tourist map, make J&K a year-round destination, golf promotion, rigorous promotional campaign, adventure and heritage tourism, to name a few.
As a result of these efforts, J&K has witnessed huge tourist traffic over the past year and a half and many experts claim that tourist traffic for the past six months has been the highest in 15 years.