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Covid-19 resurgence: 95% tourists cancelled bookings

Following the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in India, tourism bookings in the valley have plummeted, with around 95 per cent of tourists cancelling their trips.

Officials in the tourism department estimate that the number of tourists has considerably gone down with only 32,594 tourists visiting the valley in April.

According to the official figures the first 15 days of April recorded around 25,956 tourists in the valley, while in the last 15 days of the month the numbers dipped to around 6,638.

Manzoor Pakthoon, a tourist entrepreneur, said they had full bookings and were sold out till May end, but the recent spike has come as a shocker for them.

“After the promotional program in different parts of India, the first twenty days after the opening of Tulip Garden, witnessed a record footfall of around two lakh visitors, but spurt in Covid-19 positive cases in different parts of the country lead to the mass cancellations, and we don’t know how to react to this situation,” he said.

Prominent hotelier and chairman of Hoteliers Association, Mushtaq Chahya, said that the situation isn’t good. “Right now priority should be to save lives. The economy can get a hit, but can be worked on if people live,” he said.

In April a high level delegation of top officials from the Ministry of Tourism, which also included the delegates from Kenya, Vietnam and Georgia, visited the valley to promote tourism.

However, in a recent order, Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha ordered the closure of all paid parks.

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