Tourist arrival in Kashmir in doubt, terrorists attack encourages cancellation

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Kashmir:Tourists often, and understandably, have reservations about visiting Kashmir. After all, this picturesque region is prone to civil unrest and violence. It’s been declared off-limits to tourists on a number of occasions. There have also been a few isolated incidents, with Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley being temporarily shut down. However, tourists always begin returning after peace is restored.

These terror activities lead to the decrease in tourist in Kashmir valley which is the major setback for the livelihood of the kashmiries.

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Notably, the tour operators were hoping for a revival of tourism sector in the Valley especially after series of promotional events conducted by tourism department and local stakeholders of the tourism industry.

The Anantnag attack has also worried tour operators who deal with foreign visitors.

Irshad Ahmad, a tour operator who mostly facilitates tourists from South-east Asia nations such as Malaysia says the arrivals from these countries was about to pick up after the gap of Ramadhan but incidents such as Anantnag is proving to be a dampener.

“Mostly the Muslim country tourists such as Bangladesh and Malaysia who often visit us don’t travel during Ramdhan. But now that we were hoping for groups of tourists from these countries we are skeptical due to such attacks,” said Irshad.

Irshad said the tourists from Malaysia, Thailand, Bangaldesh and some other countries had continued to visit the Valley despite advisories from their Delhi-based embassies barring them from visiting Kashmir.