New Delhi: Cashing in on the peaceful ambience in Kashmir during this summer, the Central Government is planning to revitalize the tourism industry by projecting the new image of the Valley, in what could be seen as a bid to attract foreign tourists.

The government has decided to spur officials of foreign embassies and journalists to visit Kashmir so that they can present a peaceful image of the state in their countries.

To discuss the matters in this regard, a meeting was held between officials of the Home Ministry and the Ministry of External Affairs.

The move was taken by the Centre in the face of many western countries suggesting their citizens not to visit the Valley owing to security concerns. Germany has changed its perception about Kashmir recently, saying that the situation in the Valley has become better.

Keeping in view the tourism being the main source of livelihood in Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has requested the Central Government to expedite efforts to restore Kashmir as the heaven of tourism.

Notably, the violence in the last summer battered the tourism sector of the Valley, which claimed many innocent lives.

(JPN/Bureau)