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Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma at the Rajya Sabha revealed the information that the tourism in Jammu and Kashmir has been surged by the international visitors despite the terror clashes in some areas of Kashmir.
Despite there are several cases of terrorism and counter conflict, the number of international tourists having their footfalls in Jammu and Kashmir which rose up to 7.92 percent in 2016, while domestic footfalls rose by 2.95 percent.
Mahesh Sharma was replying to a parliamentary query by Gujarat MP Lal Sinh Vadodia on whether the number of tourists in Jammu and Kashmir has decreased this year, and if yes, whether the state and the central government had taken any steps to have a remedy to tighten the security and the promotion of teh famous tourism destination sin Kashmir to all the major cities in India like Mumbai, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh and Kolkata.
Union Tourism Minister said that the tourist footfalls in Jammu and Kashmir had, in fact, seen an increase. Though there are the terror conflicts. He said that the number of international tourists has seen a rise of over 7.92 percent in 2016, with an increase of 0.63 lakhs in 2016 from 0.58 lakhs in 2015. The domestic tourists, too, have seen a slight increase; while there were 91.45 lakhs tourists in 2015, it rose to 94.15.
But, the tourism department of India needs to take the initiatives to promote the tourism destinations of Jammu and Kashmir. Not only that, the strengthening the internal security of Jammu and Kashmir will enhance the tourist influx here.