We all know that the Modi government in a historic move abolished Article 370 and Article 35A recently. The tourism industry also welcomed this move of separating Jammu & Kashmir from Ladakh, making them into two separate union territories.
Many tourists cancelled their trip to Kashmir after the government issued advisory last week and they are now looking at other alternatives like Manali, Shimla, Kerala, Connor, Ooty, Goa, etc.
Although there is a decrease in the number of footfalls due to the current situation in Kashmir, CEO's of popular tourism websites are of the opinion that, this is just a virtual barrier which can be put to rest if the situation in Kashmir comes into control. They are hoping that this move will have a positive outcome as more tourists would make their way to Kashmir, as it is a unique destination and holds a lot of potential in terms of tourism and adventure sports.
They also added that, Article 370 abatement has the potential to attract private players to set up high quality hotels in the region and improve overall foreign tourist inflow. Also, initiation of tax incentives plus GST suspension like in the North Eastern states for five years would attract businesses to Jammu & Kashmir.
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