Kashmir records 1.63 tourists in Jan & Feb
The Kashmir Valley has received over 1.63 lakh visitors, including foreigners, in the first two months of this year, cheering tourism stakeholders who are expecting a bumper season this year. The footfall is much higher than the same period in 2021, when only 45,000 tourists had visited, reports Fayaz Wani in The New Indian Express.
The opening of Asia’s largest tulip garden in Srinagar, which signals the arrivals of spring, is an additional attraction. Other destinations like Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg are also attracting a large number of tourists. According to official statistics, the 1,62,664 domestic travellers and 490 foreigners visited Kashmir in January and February.
J&K Tourism Alliance chairman and Houseboat Association Vice-President Manzoor Pakhtoon said the signs are encouraging. “Kashmir was the first in the country where the tourism industry religiously followed Covid SOP and it had a positive impact. Besides, the promotion campaign by the tourism department has also played its part,” he said.
Manzoor, however, said it needs to be seen whether the opening up of international tourist destinations and resumption of international flights would have any impact on tourist inflow to the Valley. (Source: The New Indian Express)