A special vaccination campaign for tourism stakeholders, namely hotels, restaurateurs and their staff, dhabawalas, travel agents, excursion agents, adventure tour operators, owners of pedal boats (shikarawalas), tour guides, hawkers and others, registered with the Ministry of Tourism, started on May 25 in four districts of Jammu Division namely Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and Rajouri. This is in line with the decision taken at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary J&K for priority coverage of high risk and vulnerable groups in the age category (18-45 years).
In this special campaign, tourism stakeholders who play an important role in this industry will receive the first Covishield vaccine. With people signing up for the vaccination, the revival of the tourism industry is not far away. Although the spread of the community has been mitigated with the security protocols already in place, but thanks to this initiative, the tourism industry as a whole will be safeguarded and protected, bringing Jammu closer to the safest place for travelers .
Tourism Director Jammu said: “Reviving the tourism sector is our main goal. We aim to protect industry stakeholders and work towards a fairly normal setup. He and Pawan Gupta, president of All Jammu Hotels and Lodges, thanked Lieutenant Governor J&K, secretary of government, tourism and culture department, district administration and health authorities for the implementation of this special vaccination campaign.
Pawan said this step solved the problem of people demanding that vaccination be carried out as a priority for all stakeholders. This has created a positive perception and an enabling environment aimed at instilling confidence among travelers who are planning to visit Jammu.
On the first day of the camp, more than 400 people were vaccinated. Vaccination camps will also be held on May 27 at TRC, Tourism Directorate, Jammu, GHSS Boys Gole Market, Udhampur, JKTDC DakBunglow Patnitop, Mansar Tourist Information Center, Tangri Palace Kathua and near Salani Rajouri Bridge from from 10 hours. A walk-in service is available and on-site registration on the CoWIN portal will be done with the help of the tourism department and health authorities. Eligible vaccination recipients must be provided with a valid ID for check-in.
Tourism authorities said that in the near future, the department will develop capacity building modules for stakeholders in preparation for the pandemic and various SOPs will be followed in business after the crisis subsides.