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Centre To Launch 'Back to Valley' Programme To Revive Tourism In J&K

Tourism in Kashmir has seen a major slump since August 5 with tourist footfalls falling to a trickle.

Centre To Launch 'Back to Valley' Programme To Revive Tourism In J&K
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Centre To Launch 'Back to Valley' Programme To Revive Tourism In J&K
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2019-10-01T14:24:53+05:30

The Centre is launching the 'Back to Valley' programme to give a major boost to tourism in the Kashmir Valley. This will be the first major push by the government to revive tourism in Kashmir after the scrapping of Article 370.

As part of the 'Back to Valley' program, the Tourism Ministry has asked Federation of Indian Tour and Travel Association to aggressively campaign for reviving Kashmir tourism, sources said.

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The state Tourism Department has also chipped in by organising roadshows in state capitals for boosting valley tourism which has seen a sharp decline since repealing of Article 370. The tourism department plans to engage with major tour operators of the country.

"We will be doing roadshows from November," a senior official of the Tourism Department told IANS. "Advertisements will be put up in all the airports across the country for promoting Kashmir tourism".

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Tourism in Kashmir has seen a major slump since August 5 with tourist footfalls falling almost to a trickle.

On August 2, 2019, the government had issued an advisory asking all the tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to leave the valley.

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Prior to that advisory more than 8.6 lakh tourists and Amarnath pilgrims had visited Kashmir in 2019.

"The Tourism Department is participating in 'Paryatan Parav' in Delhi to showcase Kashmir", an official of the Tourism Department said.

After horticulture, tourism is the highest money-spinner for Kashmir's economy and provides a livelihood to lakhs of people including hoteliers, houseboat owners, transporters and tour operators.

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