J&K emerging as most promising golfers destination: CM

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 10: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that J&K is emerging as one of the most promising golfers destination.
He said that the completion of golf course at Leh next year would provide classic 18-hole golf courses at Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Leh and Jammu to the lovers of the game.
Chief Minister the golfers will enjoy playing the game in different geographical conditions and destinations within the State.
He asked the concerned agencies to organize tournaments, which would provide opportunity to golfers to play at all these destinations.
Giving away prizes to the participants of Sher-i-Kashmir Golf Tournament here, Chief Minister said that sports tourism has greater potential in the State which needs to be harnessed to its optimum.
Omar Abdullah said that restoration of peace in the State has encouraged tourism activities and this year more successful tourism season has been witnessed. He said that this has helped to generate wide-ranging economic activities in the State.
Chief Minister said that development of tourism and creation of tourist infrastructure inconsonance with State’s environment and ecology has been underlined as one of the priority concerns.
He emphasized on capacity building in youth in tourism sector so that they could utilize this economically viable area for venturing upon and earning their respectable livelihood.
Chief Minister said that the Royal Spring Golf Course founded and piloted by Dr. Farooq Abdullah has earned name and fame for its best course and beauty.
Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora and Lieutenant Governor Delhi, Tejender Khanna who also participated in the tournament were present on the occasion.
The tournament was organized by the Tourism Department and over 70 participants from the Country and the State participated in the tournament.
Director Tourism Kashmir, Talat Parvez said that the Tourism Department is organizing various events to showcase State’s vast potential for sports and adventure tourism.

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