Lifting travel advisory : Tourism players not enthused
Srinagar, Oct 8: Jammu
and Kashmir government’s decision to lift travel advisory has failed to
cheer-up tourism players given the internet gag and “negative publicity”.
Governor Satya Pal Malik Tuesday announced to revoke the travel
advisory from October 10. On August 2,government
had issued advisory asking tourist and Amarnath Yatries to leave Kashmir citing
“Revoking advisory will not have any impact. Our entire
tourism season has been ruined. How is it going to benefit the travel agents when
all bookings and reservation are done online? Internet is not working here,”
Bashir Ahmad Karnai, member of Travel Agents Society of Kashmir, told The
Karnai said hospitality sector has borne the brunt of the
advisory and the first thing government should do is to restore the
communication.“At least broadband should be restored. Convincing tourists to visit Kashmir when the
advisory has created a fear psychosis, is going to be a challenging task,” he
Prominent tour operator said that many countries have
followed J&K government and issued similar advisories asking their citizens
to leave Kashmir.“How can we believe that tourists will visit Kashmir? Government
has even failed to convince students to go to schools” Karnai said.
President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI)
Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said current situation will have its impact in coming years
“It is not like how much loss tourism sector has suffered.
Its aftereffects can be even serious. Youth have lost jobs, hotels are empty
and there is a huge stress on business sector in Kashmir,” he said.
“Peace is the prime requisite, which is missing on ground.
The government has to create a conducive atmosphere in the state and win the
confidence of the people, who are aspiring to visit Kashmir,” he added.