The CII business delegation from Jammu and Kashmir, led by Mr.Waseem Trumboo, Director Trumboo Industries Pvt Ltd, visited the popular ski destination of Aspen, Colorado on their third day in the United States.
The former Mayor of Aspen (2001-2007), Hon. Helen Kalin Klanderud, welcomed the group to the city and commended CII for bringing the first ever delegation from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. “I hope their visit was as rewarding and informational to them as it was to us… A warm welcome awaits any future Indian visitors," she remarked.
Looking at the well-developed tourism infrastructure in Aspen, Mr. Trumboo said, “Aspen is a great tourist destination with outdoor adventures from skiing to biking, quite similar to the Kashmir valley. We have so much to learn from this place in terms of developing the necessary infrastructure for places like Gulmarg and Sonmarg.”
The delegates also met representatives from the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA), who briefed them about the business climate of the city. Erik Klanderud, Director of Member Services, ACRA said the discussions with the delegation about business development in the ski resort industry was a great learning opportunity for the Aspen Business Community and that he looked forward to further engagement with CII.
“Aspen has many amazing mountains with a wide range of terrain to explore. Their philosophy seems to appeal to skiers of all skill levels and ages,” said Asif Iqbal Burza, Director, Ahad Hotels and Resorts Pvt. Ltd.
Both sides expressed interest in encouraging collaboration, and also explored options for developing a sister-city type relationship between Kashmir and Aspen. Aspen currently has several sister-city relationships around the world, including with the French ski area of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. The delegation plans to pursue this concept further in consultation with State and City officials in Jammu and Kashmir, which will allow them to develop a friendly and meaningful exchange of ideas, people, products and services in business, cultural, educational, youth, sports, municipal, professional and technical projects.
In Denver, the delegation met with representatives of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the World Trade Center Denver to discuss the specifics of starting a business in the state. Outlining the support channels available to new business ventures, the local officials offered their assistance to delegation members looking to make investments in Colorado. Each side was also very interested in learning about the other region's commercial strengths to identify areas of future collaboration. While in the city, the delegation went on a guided tour of the Colorado State Capitol.