Agence India Press
Srinagar: With the summer vacations approaching fast in India, People are readying plans to visit Kashmir valley, including Gulmarg.
Kashmir is one of the best year round tourism destinations. The potential for the development of all types of tourism activities is immense.
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department launched e-ticketing for tourists desirous of enjoying a ride on the country’s longest and highest ropeway, the Gondola Cable Car in Gulmarg resort.
In an effort to modernize the cable car facility at Gulmarg State Cable Car Corporation undertook the project of e- ticketing initiated by Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
In 2011, the project was conceived by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzing Jora and MoS for Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani.
The project was executed by M/S Aford Infocom Pvt. Ltd.
The first phase of the project is over and has already been commissioned. Till now more than 2 lakh 30 thousand e tickets have been issued since November.
Online ticketing for Gondola rides are available on www.gulmarggondola.com.
Talking to Agence India Press Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzing Jora told that the arrival of over 13 lakh tourists to the Valley during last year has revived the glory of this sector. “Our efforts this year should be to rope in more visitors from the country and abroad.
“Government in and outside the country for showcasing state’s rich tourism potential, adding that road shows, exhibitions, travel marts have been organized at various capital cities of the country besides aboard to attract more and more tourists to visit the Valley”, he said.
One who wants to ride on the country’s longest and highest ropeway, the Gondola Cable Car can get tickets without waiting in long queues.
One can select the day and the timing of your boarding. The hourly timing slots allow the tourists to select the precise hour of the boarding.
The e-ticketing system perfectly matches the modern day international air ticketing standards. Even the tour operators around the world can include cable car rides in their tour packages.
The services are now smooth and hassle free. The services have been highly appreciated by the foreign and domestic tourists.
Pertinent to mention, the Corporation has inducted fresh IT and Management gradates to provide the e- ticketing services, besides imparting training to the existing staff so that they meet the professional standard in serviced providing.
In the second phase metro style gates are to be installed and the tourists can get their boarding cards on line using smart apps. This will further reduce the human interference and make it smoother.
However, at the present moment it is merely an additional income generating resource and gives temporary seasonal employment to people in tourist areas. One has to remember that the very basic essential criterion for development of any leisure activity is peace. Once peace prevails in Kashmir, tourism could be the most important sector of the economy provided other inputs to develop the industry are also freely available.
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