After no tourism-business in summer;travel agents say negligible booking for winter

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Srinagar: After Kashmir witnessed no tourism business this summer, local travel agents on Wednesday said that they have so far received negligible number of winter bookings this year.

Travel Agents Association Kashmir, President Manzoor Sidiq told KNS, “Due to the uprising in the Valley, the tourists who are scheduled to visit Kashmir in this winter season are less as compared to the previous winter seasons.”

He said that the tourists scheduled to visit Kashmir are closely observing the ground situation in the Valley.

Sidiq said that mostly the tourists book their tickets months before but so far less number of tourists from different countries and states has booked their tickets. “With the ongoing uprising in the Valley, we are not expecting huge rush of tourists this year,” he said.

Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir, president Rouf Trumboo said, “Unlike past winter season, we are expecting less number of adventures here.”

However, he said that the adventures who have booked tickets are calling almost every day and asking about the situation here.

He said that besides winter season, the next summer season would likely get affected due to the ongoing uprising in the Valley.

Pertinently, more than 90 people including two cops were killed while several thousand persons were maimed and blinded during the ongoing uprising that triggered following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in a gunfight on July 8 this year. (KNS)

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