The three-day meeting of the G-20 Tourism Working Group is beginning from today amid tight security in Srinagar. More than 60 delegates from different countries will participate in the meeting to be held at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Center on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar.
Five key priority areas to be discussed
Addressing a press conference at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre in Srinagar yesterday, Secretary of, Ministry of Tourism, Arvind Singh said the meeting will deliberate on the five key priority areas, namely Green Tourism, Digitalization, Skills, MSMEs and Destination Management. These priorities are key building blocks for accelerating the transition of the tourism sector and achieving the targets for 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the G20 Chief Coordinator Harshvardhan Shringla, the meeting has the broader objectives of presenting India’s rich and diverse cultural identity and highlighting the country’s tourism potential to the world. The meeting also aims to strengthen economic growth preserve cultural heritage, and promote sustainable development of the region.
Marcos commandos are guarding the Dal Lake. Besides, adequate security arrangements have been made from the airport to the convention center.
NSG commandos deployed in many areas including Lalchowk
NSG commandos have camped in many areas including Lalchowk before the start of the very important meeting. The main road on the banks of Dal Lake will remain closed for three days. Besides, there is an alert from the International Border to the Line of Control. Troops in the border districts of Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Rajouri, Poonch, Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora have been instructed to be more vigilant along the IB and LoC.
Delegates will be welcomed
The delegates will reach SKICC in the afternoon on the first day of the conference. They will be welcomed with cultural programs in the evening. Later on, the delegates will take a visit the craft market and watch the exhibition of local products. On the second day there will be a session on film tourism for economic development and cultural preservation to promote film tourism. Along with this, a separate session will also be organized on eco-tourism.