Over 2 million tourists visited Kashmir, most expected in winter: Govt – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

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Valley sees more foreign tourists than any other place

Irfan Trambou

Srinagar, September 27: The government said today that more than 2 million tourists have visited Kashmir so far this year and they expect an increase in tourist visitation during the winters for which the necessary facilities are improved.
Giving details on the arrival of tourists in Kashmir, Sarmad Hafeez, J&K Tourism Secretary, while addressing reporters on the sidelines of the event held on the occasion of World Tourism Day, said said there has been no decline in the arrival of tourists and so far it has been wonderful for the tourism sector in Kashmir.
“There is no drop in tourist numbers and so far it has been wonderful; we are running the highest numbers ever; we had over 2 million tourists in Kashmir alone which is the highest so far,” he said.
He said the number of tourist arrivals was twice that of J&K before and that in winter, according to initial reports, Kashmir was going to be crowded with tourists.
“October is going to be amazing even though the current months were out of season, but on the contrary, we had numbers that are three times higher than before. We are sure that a large number of tourists will also arrive here in winter,” he said.
Regarding the arrival of foreign tourists, he said that Kashmir receives more foreigners than any other part of India.
“Last year there were no foreign tourists because there were no international flights and now the same thing has opened up and we have a good number of foreign tourists and in fact we welcome more foreigners here than anywhere else in the country,” he said.
He said there was a conference in Dharamshala recently and the flavor of the conference was Kashmir, adding that necessary arrangements are being improved for winter tourism.
“We have established several facilities here for winters and the LG administration has decided that all winter destinations will remain open,” he said, adding that the department will improve the experience of winter tourists for whom we will put in place place more facilities.
On the occasion of World Tourism Day, several events were organized by the Department of Tourism, including the Heritage Walk which was also reported by Hafeez.
“We focus more on experiential tourism because there are various attractions that provide the best experience for tourists that cannot be seen anywhere in the world,” he said.
As part of the heritage walk, the tourist will be able to visit various heritage places in the city of Srinagar which includes markets as well as live demonstration of handicrafts.
The tourism department, Hafeez said, will also hold the Houseboat Festival in October. “There are several initiatives the Department of Tourism is taking apart from the winter carnival which must be held in advance,” he said.
Regarding corporate tourism, he said that several weddings are being held in Kashmir and more and more people across the world want to come to Kashmir for this.

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