45pc more tourists to Kashmir from Bangladesh, S-E Asia
-A Monitor Report
1 Nov, 2018  |
: The inflow of tourists from Bangladesh and Southeast Asian countries has witnessed around 45 per cent increase this year. The trend is bound to bring cheer to the sector that is on the revival path after taking a hit in the wake of the September 2014 floods and the 2016 unrest.
"There is an overall 45 per cent increase in the tourist flow from countries like Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand. Last year, we received over 7,000 tourists from Malaysia and Thailand but this year we have already received 11,000 tourists," said Mir Anwar, President, Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK).
He said the number of tourists from Bangladesh too had increased considerably amid an overall increase in the arrival of foreign visitors. "We have already received 41,000 foreigners this year as compared to 36,000 the previous year… 5,000 tourists from Bangladesh have already arrived as compared to 2,000 last year," Mir Anwar said.
While the tourism department along with private stakeholders had over the past few years embarked on a rigorous marketing drive across the country besides a few foreign countries, the authorities had especially targeted Bangladesh and Southeast Asian countries from where the footfalls have witnessed an increase.
The tourism department had also participated in an event in Russia recently to woo tourists from the region. However, inflow of domestic tourists continues to remain moderate even as the private stakeholders are demanding stepping up of the marketing drive besides improvement in overall tourism infrastructure.