High Commissioner concludes Kashmir visit
SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 19: High Commissioner of Malaysia to India, Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid was all praise to the beauty and hospitality of Kashmir on the conclusion of his three-day visit to Kashmir.
High Commissioner Abdul Hamid had arrived in Srinagar on 17 November 2018. He visited Mughal gardens and various other places in Srinagar. He also visited Gulmarg where he enjoyed Gondola and snow scooter rides. He was impressed with the beauty of the Gulmarg ski resort.
Pertinently the ambassadors tour comes close on the heals of Malaysian Deputy Higher Commissioner to India Nor’Azam Mohammad who visited Kashmir as a guest of State during Kashmir Autumn FAM tour. Deputy High Commissioner had also promised to promote Kashmir among his countrymen.
The successful conclusion of the FAM tour also led Air Asia evince interest in operating direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Srinagar.
Hamid said Malaysians are visiting Valley in good number as they love the place.
“Most of the Malaysians who visit India want to visit Kashmir also. They are happy for their travels to Kashmir as locals are treating the tourists well and ensure that their holidays are memorable,” he said.
He said Malaysian airlines are eager to increase flights to India and also have direct flights to Kashmir, which will further boost tourist flow from Malaysia to this place.
“There is every support from the government to airlines to start direct flights to Kashmir. The better connectivity will not only enhance bilateral relations but also people to people contacts,” he said.
The FAM tour for the High Commissioner was organized by Tourism department Kashmir in collaboration with Srinagar based Euphoria Travel Services.
Deputy Directors Reyaz Ahmad Shah and Mohammad Sarfaraz along with trade and travel bodies interacted with the High Commissioner in Srinagar.
TAAK meets High Commissioner
A delegation of Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) also met the High Commissioner Dato Hidayat Abdul Hamid who assured the delegation about promoting Kashmir among the citizens of his country.`
His Excellency who was here on a holiday with his family was touched by the beauty and local hospitality of Kashmir.
The High Commissioner also expressed his willingness to visit Kashmir at Ambassadors’ Meet which was conducted by Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) in collaboration with the department of Tourism, J & K Government at New Delhi on February 1.
Many high Commissioners and diplomats including the Malaysian Ambassador had attended the event and had expressed their desire to visit Kashmir.
TAAK delegation in one to one interaction requested HE to help Kashmir industry which was in deep distress in domestic market due to negative media publicity and bad politics played by some political parties for their vested interests.
The Ambassador assured TAAK delegates of his utmost support and assured to promote Kashmir among his countrymen.
Delegation was headed by President Ashfaq Sidiq Dug. Other office bearers who participated in the meeting are Habibullah Pandove (Vice President) Farooq Kuthoo (Secretary General) , Showkat Khankashi ( Joint Secretary) and Abdul Ahad Tantray ( Chief Organizer).
KCCI seeks trade cooperation
A delegation of office bearers of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by its President Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad also held a meeting with High Commissioner of Malaysia.
Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad appreciated the regular flow of tourists from Malaysia to Kashmir.
In this regard, it was felt that the operation of direct flights from Malaysia would boost the tourism sector and also strengthen interaction amongst other sectors of trade, commerce and industry.
KCCI said his Excellency Dato Hidayat Abdul Hamid agreed to facilitate the interaction of a delegation of the Kashmir Chamber with major business chambers of Malaysia for exploration of areas of common economic interest.
Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad while appreciating the minimal visa processing charges of Malaysia also informed the High Commissioner that the KCC&I would take up the issue of doubling of visa charges for Malaysian Citizens and other issues for hassle free travel of tourists. The High Commissioner informed the delegation that he was happy to meet tourists groups from Malaysia at various places he visited in Kashmir during his stay.
Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad thanked Dato Hidayat Abdul Hamid for his interest in strengthening the economic ties between Kashmir and Malaysia and assured him that the Kashmir Chamber would be in the immediate future sending a high level business delegation to Malaysia.
Nigeen Tourist Trade Association which was represented by Peerzada Fiayaz also interacted with the High Commissioner