Will The Entry Of Tourists In J&K Change The Situation In The Valley?
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J&K: Govt has allowed phased reopening of tourism in State from July 14. NA Wani, Director Kashmir Tourism says,"In 1st phase, tourists arriving by air who have confirmed hotel bookings&return tickets will be allowed.They will have to undergo mandatory #COVID19 test on arrival." pic.twitter.com/ycbBtO446T— ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2020
In the first phase, the tourists will reach the Valley by air only, after which they will have to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival. J&K Tourism Director NA Wani said that upon arrival, all the tourists arriving in the first phase who have confirmed hotel bookings and return tickets, will have to undergo the test and they will be required to stay isolated in hotels until the report arrives. In Jammu and Kashmir, people associated with tourism, including taxi drivers and shopkeepers, breathed a sigh of relief as it is a major source of income and employment to millions of people. Hotels, restaurants, houseboats are being decorated to welcome tourists in the Valley. According to the J&K tourism department, the number of tourists in the valley is decreasing year after year. Statistics show that in the year 2012, more than 13 lakh tourists had visited in the valley, which decreased to 8.5 lakh in 2018. The tourism sector in Jammu is in a much better position than Kashmir due to religious devotees. The number of devotees is increasing every year for the Vaishno Devi Temple and Amarnath Yatra here. In 2017, more than 57 lakh devotees had visited Jammu, while 2.59 lakh tourists visited Ladakh and 10.76 lakh had visited Kashmir.