Tourist arrivals in Kashmir witness a record high in November

Published on : Monday, December 6, 2021

In spite of civilian killings in October, tourist arrivals in Kashmir witnessed a record high in November with 1.27 lakh arrivals. Official figures said that 5.13 lakh tourists, including 1,317 foreigners, visited Kashmir from January 1 to November 30. In 2020, when Kashmir was under Covid-19 lockdown, only 41,267 tourist arrivals were recorded. There has been a surge of 1200 per cent in tourist arrivals in Kashmir this year compared to 2020. The figures of November 2021 are especially good news for tourism players of the Valley, who have been struggling with lockdowns since August 2019.

Tourist arrivals in November this year surpassed the figures for the same month of last seven years. In November 2020, 6,327 arrivals were recorded while 12,086 tourists arrived in the same month in 2019.

Record tourist arrivals in November this year has rekindled the hopes of a bumper tourist season this winter. Events like snow carnivals, Christmas, New Year and skiing are a ray of hope for the tourism players this season.

The tourism department has already taken a lot of measures to make sure that the fear of the Covid-19 infection doesn’t scare away the visitors. More than 80% of the tourism service providers have been vaccinated and are safe to welcome travelers from everywhere.

Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Hoteliers Club, Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya said that they are optimistic that in the coming months, the tourist arrivals will pick upfurther.

“Kashmir is the safest destination to visit and its beautiful locales never fail to impress visitors. Tourism players here have ensured vaccination of their staff and adherence of Covid appropriate behavior which has instilled confidence among tourists to visit Kashmir,” Chayasaid.

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