National Winter games federation awards winter games to Gulmarg

Secretary Tourism Farooq Ahmad Shah

As a big boost to promote Jammu and Kashmir as the winter destination, the national winter games federation has awarded this years national winter games to Gulmarg.This was announced by the secretary tourism Farooq A shah while chairing a meeting with director tourism kashmir, General Secretary J&K winter games association and other officials in Srinagar today .The participants from different states will arrive on 31th December to take part in activities like skiing and other winter games on 1st ,2nd 3rd and 4th january 2016 and then will depart on 5th jan .This mega event will be jointly organised by JK tourism , Jammu Kashmir winter games association and indian association of skiing and mountaineering IASM.The secretary said that these games were organised in Kashmir in the year 1998,2004 and 2008 since then it is after the gap of almost seven years this big event has been awarded to Jammu Kashmir and for which i am grateful to the IASM .Farooq A shah said that our state as a whole has potential to become international attraction for such events specifically for winter games because we have immense potetial which has to be utilised in places like Gulmarg , Patnitop , Pahalgam and Sonamarg and Honble CM is seriously monitoring the process of upgradation of relevent infrastructure in these places .The secretary urged the tourism department , JKTDC and other associations and bodies to work rigourously for realising the dream of Honble CM who wants to see JK as round the year tourism destination and one of the best in the world .The secretary was briefed about the positive response and quiries , bookings recieved by the department .The secretary added that organising of this mega event in Gulmarg will be a big and effective promotional tool to showcase the winter tourism potential of jammu and kashmir at national and international level.