Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board; has installed a swipe machine to accept donations.

India has been ranked as the fourth most vacation-deprived country globally, as 63 per cent take fewer days of the vacations than they get, according to a report

A Study Report By: Harbans S Nagokay.

Jammu: 12/13/2016.

 Though! Many people might have been rumored or assuming that in J&K ‘MORE TERRORISTS HAVE BEEN HOLIDAYING AT OR STAYING THAN TOURISTS’ But; at the same time; just few months back; An Australian Parliamentarian advocated “Foreign Tourists to Visit Jammu &Kashmir”.

Yes! Pat Farmer, the former parliamentarian of Australia, who is a Marathoner by passion, after completing his 4,600 Kms spree of Spirit of India from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, he stopped to enjoy the natural scenic beauty.He even planted a sapling of Chinar at the Mughal Garden, Nishat Garden. According to ‘Pat’ the sight of Kashmir was so mesmerizing and enticing for agriculturalist that he ended up embracing the scenic beauty as the next hub for tourists. He even welcomes tourists from around the globe to visit Kashmir and fall in love with it. Narrating J&K as ‘Progressive present and admirable future’ Pat Farmer has stressed on the tourism sector in Kashmir, which will lure more incoming foreign tourists in the state.

 He has pushed the government to work in medical and adventure sector as that would be more of importance than anything.

Within all above news stories; India has been ranked as the fourth most vacation-deprived country globally, as 63 per cent take fewer days of the vacations than they get, according to a report.After Spain (68 per cent), UAE (68 per cent), Malaysia (67 per cent) and South Korea (64 per cent), India is ranked as the fourth most vacation deprived country globally,” according to Expedia ‘Vacation Deprivation report 2016’.


The report revealed that 40 per cent Indians don’t use all vacation days as work schedule does not allow for vacation or don’t have enough staff to cover and 32 per cent are not able to take vacation days due to personal schedule.

“Vacations play a critical role in creating work-life balance as it re-energizes people to be more focused at work (95 per cent of Indians agree in the survey),” Expedia, India, Marketing Head Manmeet Ahluwalia said.The report was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm online from September 12-29, 2016, across North America, Europe, South America, and Asia Pacific.It was conducted among 9,424 employed adults aged 18 years of age and older across 28 countries.


The report also found that 27 per cent Indians did not take vacations as they found it difficult to coordinate time with their spouse or family and 32 per cent felt personal schedule did not allow them.About 21 per cent Indians also felt that important work decisions will be made when they are on vacations and 21 per cent said it will be perceived positively on their employers as the reasons for not taking any leave.Ahluwalia said, 47 per cent of Indians are ready to give up social media and television while 30 per cent would give up Internet and 27 per cent can give up contact with their besties for a week, all for one additional day of vacation.


Most Indians are evolving, from a tourist to a traveller as 77 per cent said they find happiness by exploring somewhere new, 55 per cent said they eat what they want, meeting new people (54 per cent) and getting a lot of likes or comments on social media posts, it said.Indians mostly prefer travelling with one or two others (77 per cent) and their favourite travel buddies are spouse (73 per cent), children (59 per cent) and friends (53 per cent), said the report.About 41 per cent Indians would like to mix one long holiday and several short vacations in a year and 86 per cent would take a vacation during the holiday season that was not tied to family obligations, it added.


After all said and done; within the time-frame of ‘MONEY DEMONITIZATIONS’ the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi had received donations worth Rs. 1.9 crore in old currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 after the government’s demonetization decision of November 8 even as the shrine board has set up POS machines to facilitate pilgrims to make cashless payments. This otherwise narrate that despite unrest in one part of state other part i.e. Jammu is still somewhat helpful in running-of-the-mill. As during 30 days since demonetisation a total of Rs. 1.9 crore of the old currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs. 1,000 have been found in the donation boxes and these have been duly deposited in the bank”, AK Sahu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) revealed earlier .

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