Foreign tourists disembark from a boat on the banks of Dal Lake as they prepare to leave Srinagar on August 03, 2019
Foreign tourists disembark from a boat on the banks of Dal Lake as they prepare to leave Srinagar on August 03, 2019 | Credit: REUTERS

SRINAGAR — Union Minister for Tourism, G K Reddy on Monday said that 1.05 crore tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir in the first six months of the year 2022.

Replying to a query by Mala Roy in Lok Sabha, the Union Minister, as per the news agency Kashmir News Observer, said that the tourism sector in J&K is one of the core sectors of the economy.

“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 of the Covid challenges,” he said.

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In the year 2020, he said, the tourist footfall was 41267, which has increased to 1.05 crores during the first six months (January-June) of the calendar year 2022.

He said that J&K has seen tourist flow in all the seasons during the period and that too high-end tourists, who have a good experience of quality services.

He added that this high influx of tourists has, directly and indirectly, benefited the local populace including the people living in far-flung areas of the UT.

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