11 lakh tourists visited Valley despite floods, elections
STATE TIMES NEWS
SRINAGAR: Despite devastating floods and two elections in the State this year, about 11 lakh tourists thronged Kashmir valley, though efforts are on to attract more visitors during the winters.
“We had crossed the figure of 10 lakh tourists before the floods, and as the year is to end now, we have received around 11 lakh visitors,” Director Tourism, Kashmir, Talat Pervez informed.
Pervez said Kashmir hosted more than 20,000 tourists every month since the floods in September. “After the floods caused widespread devastation, we have been able to revive the tourism by 50 per cent. We used to receive around 40,000 tourists per month for this period of the year but after the deluge, around 20,000 tourists visited Kashmir every month,” he said.
Pervez said he was hopeful of “fully reviving” tourism in the next three months as the department was taking many steps aimed at reviving the sector in the Valley.