New Delhi: Union Minister of State (IC) for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the National Tourism Day at Ice Hockey Rink Biamathang in Kargil district of the Union Territory of Ladakh on Monday.
The Union Minister announced the setting up of a branch of the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) there to encourage and groom the local talent and realize the dream of Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
The Minister added that the narrative to the outside world should go that Kargil is not a war zone rather a peaceful zone.
He further added that the central government is determined to provide every necessary infrastructure in Kargil so that an international level skiing and mountaineering institute is established. A thoughtfully planned world-class adventure sports destination in Kargil will be established by nurturing local talent through the best of education in the field of mountaineering, skiing, ice hockey, and other winter sports, he further added.
The district of Kargil will get to benefit from the good opportunities of winter tourism and it also has the potential to be represented internationally.
Patel said the government is committed to protecting the interests of the region and there is a need to train the local players through these skiing courses. He also appealed to the students to enroll in the courses of the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) for professional courses in hospitality.