Initiatives working, 1 cr tourists visited J&K in 6 months: Minister

Initiatives working, 1 cr tourists visited J&K in 6 months: Minister

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31

Union Minister for Tourism G Kishan Reddy said over one crore tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir in the first six months of 2022 and a total of Rs 248.86 crore investment has been made by private sector through the Industries Department of the Union Territory.

The minister said, “As a result of the initiatives taken by the J&K Government in private as well as government sectors, there has been a significant hike in the tourist footfall despite Covid challenges.” In 2020, the tourist footfall was 41,267, which has gone up to 1.05 crore during the first six months (January-June) of 2022. He said, “J&K has seen tourist flow in all seasons during the period. Most of them were high-end tourists, who have a good experience of quality services.”

“This high influx of tourists has directly and indirectly benefited the local people, including those living in far-flung areas, and has resulted in an investment of Rs 248.86 crore in the tourism sector, including hotels, guest houses, house boats, home stays or other services,” the minister said. The UT administration has also taken up several infrastructures developmental projects under various Central-sponsored schemes with a total allocation of Rs 683.45 crore in the past three years, Reddy said. “More than 1,500 rooms have been registered in the hospitality sector since 2019 in addition to the registration of other service providers and a large number are in the process of registration,” he said.

Rs 248 cr investment by private sector

  • Rs 248.86 crore investment made by private sector through Industries Department of the Union Territory
  • In 2020, the tourist footfall was 41,267, which has gone up to 1.05 crore during the first six months (January-June) of the calendar year 2022
  • Most of the visitors were high-end tourists, who have a good experience of quality services, the minister said

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