ourism-affiliated businessmen in Kashmir are grappling with major economic losses due to the Covid lockdown. For the tourism players in Kashmir this season means continuous flow of tourists from the Indian plains. It is usually said that the higher the humidity and temperature goes in the Indian plains, higher is the rush of the tourists coming to Kashmir. Kashmir has everything that the tourists look forward to salubrious meadows, gushing rivulets, charming brooks, terraced gardens, snow peaks and enchanting woods. Besides, the temperature even in peak summer hardly touches thirty in the peak tourist spots. Tourism players nowadays claim that all their hopes of business revival have been dashed with the outbreak of COVID-19. Following the outbreak, all expected arrivals are cancelling their bookings for current season. A mid day stroll at the famous gardens, otherwise emblematic of the influx of huge batches of tourists, are empty without the frolicking children of tourists playing in them.
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The highland resorts are witnessing low arrival of tourists due to coronavirus, the scene is also pathetic at Dal Lake, the place which was always flooded with tourists. The hoteliers are sitting idle, the transporters are in doldrums, the trekking guides are idling away their days-it is a pathetic scene if you happen to be one of the key players associated with tourism. The current establishment led by the Lt Governor must ensure that the tourist rush is restored to Kashmir in coming days. The lack of tourists rush in the peak holiday season does not augur well for our economy. Spurring despair and misery, the outbreak of the Covid pandemic has brought Kashmir’s business stakeholders to the brink of bankruptcy. According to the Kashmir Chamber and Commerce Industries, Kashmir economy suffered a loss of around Rs 17,878 crore in first four months of restrictions and shutdown in the valley post Article 370 abrogation by the Government of India in August 2019. This was followed by nation-wide lockdown triggered by Carona-virus pandemic in 2020 that cost Kashmir economy Rs 27,000 crore.