Kashmir witnessed lowest tourist footfall from August to November this year in comparison to figures of six years for the corresponding period, the Centre has revealed.
The figures were presented by Union Ministry of Tourism in Parliament in response to a question by MP Prasun Banerjee.
As per the figures, in 2014, at least 1,54,873 tourists visited Kashmir from August to November, 2,68,530 tourists in 2015; 1,26,464 tourists in 2016; 5,45,601 tourists in 2017 and 2,67,955 tourists visited the Valley during the corresponding period in 2018.
This year, however, only 36,105 tourists visited Kashmir from August to November. As per the figures 2017 saw highest number of tourists visiting Kashmir month-wise from August to November – 1,64,410 tourists in August; 1,35,670 in September; 1,33,220 in October and 1,12,301 in November.
In 2019, as per official figures, only 10,130 tourists visited Kashmir in August, 4,562 in September, 9,327 in October and 12,086 in November.
In his response the Union Minister for Tourism, Prahlad Patel has said that Government of India was taking various steps to promote tourism in J&K.
He said steps taken for promotion of tourism in J&K included campaigns by participating in various national and international travel marts.
He said the government has also launched publicity campaigns through prominent newspapers for tourism promotion n Kashmir; promotional campaigns through various trains by way of train wraps and initiated promotions through LEDs at prominent places in Delhi and Mumbai Airport.