Domestic Tourism Shows Record Growth In Kashmir
1 August 2005
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Domestic tourists flow into Kashmir Valley has shown a record growth of 83 per cent during the first six months of this year.More than 2.80 lakh domestic tourists visited Srinagar from January to June this year as against a total of 3.58 lakh tourists visiting the place in 2004, an official release said today. Foreign tourists arrival also registered a two per cent increase as more than 8,000 foreign tourists visited the valley during the period. The increase in the tourists' arrivals comes in the backdrop a number of initiatives taken by the Centre for the revival of tourism in the state, the release said. More than Rs 16 crore have been released by the Centre as soft loan and subsidies for houseboat owners, hotels, guesthouses and shikarawalas and ponywalas. Two tourism development authorities in Jammu region, two in Srinagar valley and one in Ladakh would be provided Rs ten crore for tourism promotion.