Kashmir unrest knocks hotel industry

What to say about other prime sectors facing wrath of the current situation in Kashmir, the potential hotel industry of the state is also incurring losses worth crores, which is not at all good for the economy of the state. The Jammu and Kashmir, which has over 60 percent population directly and indirectly associated with tourism are at starvation due to prevailing unrest.
Hotel industry in the state has taken a huge hit because of the ongoing curfew and shutdown after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, bringing economy to its knees.
The hotel industry in the Valley has suffered losses to the tune of at least rupees 2.5 billion so far.
Tourists have cancelled the bookings made for July-August period and those in the state are cutting their trips short and leaving. Reportedly, 90 percent of the visitors had already left by early August.
There is zero occupancy in the hotels, right from five stars, four stars to guest houses. Nobody is in Kashmir. There were people during (Amarnath) yatra but it was very less, you can say 5-10 per cent and that too included those who were expected to come. So there is no work at all and no booking(s) in future till October-November. Tourism and hotel industry have suffered losses and a good atmosphere should be created to counter this. The strike should be called off. The Valley has been grappling with its worst unrest in six years that began on July 8 after security forces killed Burhan Wani.
There have been frequent clashes between stone-pelting protesters and security forces since then, killing at least 71 people and injuring 6,000.
Tourism industry which is considered to be the back bone of the state has been knocked down, which was resurrecting from September 2014 floods. The people on roads, demanding so called Azadi, either does not want to be practical or they are being fed by the Pakistan sponsored agencies. Had they contemplated that after 2014 floods, most of the lower and middle class families were resurrecting from the damages, but this more than one month long strikes and curfews has once again plunged them into dark, as they do not understand how to earn livelihood.
They want to end this cycle of violence, but threat to life makes them to maintain silence. In this case, the All Party Delegation visiting Kashmir must keep this thing in mind that peace is what every citizen is looking for, so they should give chance to the common people to express its views, so that along with tourism and hotel industry, we have sound horticulture and other sectors.

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