After lockdown lull, Kashmir sees a rush of local tourists | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tourist arrivals in Kashmir, which had dipped to nil during April-June 2020 due to Covid-triggered lockdown, have brought cheer this winter with the region recording 13,055 arrivals in December. This marks an 88% jump from the number of incoming tourists in Kashmir during December 2019, just four months after the abrogation of Article 370 in J&K.
However, the tourist arrivals in December 2020 are still low as compared to 38,024 arrivals in December of 2018. In Jammu, from zero arrivals in April-May last year, the tourist arrivals into the region have steadily picked up to touch 4.6 lakh in December 2020, more than double from the nearly 2.2 lakh in November.

While foreign tourist arrivals continue to be nil in Jammu region since April 2020, Kashmir received 89 foreigners in December 2020, a steady rise from 11 in July, 33 in August, 36 in September, 38 in October and 56 in November. A source said the foreigners visiting J&K were largely those resident in India, or part of delegations coming in via bubble flights. The December tourism boost, of course, is attributed to domestic tourist traffic with 12,966 arrivals in this category into Kashmir in December 2020, up from 6,271in November, 2,659 in October, 812 in September, 251in August and 175 in July.
Overall, tourist traffic into J&K has spiralled from just 1,935 in June, 2020 to nearly 4.8 lakh in December 2020.

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