Kashmir tourism sector hit by COVID-19 second wave


Kashmir tourism sector hit by COVID-19 second wave

As expected, the second wave of COVID-19 that has hit the country has impacted the tourism industry as well. Tourism in Kashmir too has been affected by the same, even as the industry showed signs of revival in October last year. The hospitality industry in Kashmir was expecting growth this summer after last winter’s snowfall attracted tourists to the valley.

The growth was also led by COVID-19 led trend that made travellers stick to domestic destinations rather than going for international vacation. Srinagar’s famous Tulip Garden was also opened to visitors in March, attracting a number of visitors to the valley. Reportedly, there was a surge in demand for hotels from January to March and the stakeholders expected the industry to revive.

Tourism is one of the main industries in Kashmir, and brings in a majority of state’s revenue. Now, with COVID-19 hitting the nation again, direct employment in the state is also threatened. Hotel staff, tour operators, shikara owners, restaurant staff, trek organisers, tour guides and more are currently contemplating over the same.

Now, as India is reeling under a very brutal second wave of COVID-19, tourism has also hit another low in Kashmir.

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