Kashmir, nestled in the northern part of India, is a region renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. It is characterized by picturesque landscapes, snow-capped mountains, and serene valleys. And now its charm has wowed tourists worldwide. The beautiful tourist destination recorded close to 18,000 foreign tourists, its highest in 3 decades, Thanks to the G20 Summit.
Kashmir Saw Its Highest Ever Foreign Tourists After Success of G20 Summit
In the initial five months of this year, more than 18,000 foreign tourists explored Kashmir, marking the highest figure in the last 30 years, stated The Telegraph. Officials mentioned that the successful hosting of the G20 event in the region has sparked increased traveller curiosity.
In addition to visitors from Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, large numbers of tourists were also from Western nations. Nations such as Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the USA have explored Kashmir this season, stated the report.
As per the report, the surge in foreign visitors is attributed to the successful G20 Tourism Working Group meeting held in May. The event showcased Jammu and Kashmir’s genuine tourism potential, leaving a positive impression on ambassadors. And also delegates, and high commissioners from G20 countries, stated the report.
What Do The Officials Have To Say?
Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and Culture, also emphasized the hospitality, warmth, and essence of the region experienced by them to PTI. He also said that decades ago, Jammu and Kashmir was a popular global spot for leisure, adventure, and spiritual tourism.
He has his hopes high for its resurgence and its emergence as a top tourist destination again, stated the report. Shah mentioned that arrivals and bookings have tripled, leading to higher occupancy rates.
He added that tourist arrivals in the initial five months of this year have already exceeded last year’s total inbound visitors, as per the report. As per the report, Manzoor Ahmad Pakhtoon, President of the Houseboat Owners’ Association, reported a significant increase in foreign tourist numbers.
This year compared to previous years, boasted a significantly higher number in business. Last year saw around 10,000 foreign tourists, but this June has already witnessed over 18,000 visitors, stated the report. And these visitors are from various parts of the world arriving in Kashmir, according to Pakhtoon.
Speaking to The Telegraph, New Zealander Mark Wory, on a motorbike expedition through Ladakh, reached Kashmir with fellow travellers from Australia. He praised the stunning mountain ride and the warm hospitality of the Kashmiri people.
Feeling secure, he mentioned hopes for policy changes inspired by the G20 meeting to encourage more visitors like him to enjoy the beauty of Kashmir.
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