Tourist sector hoping best in business in valley

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The tourism industry in the Kashmir valley is still hoping for the best in coming days during winter break. Already this industry suffered a huge loss in its sector during the unrest that started after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8 at a time when the arrivals of tourists were peaking. Once again separatists are planning to resume their struggle against the government and announced for two days shutdowns in the valley over the West Pakistani Refugees matter. This is not the first time when separatist leaders are creating problems for the progress of the state they always put the pot into fire by alleging one issue over another.
This time they concentrate over WPR issues which creates only hurdles not for the government but for the common man living in the valley who is not in favour of protest and shutdowns. The people in the valley already fed up with the Kashmir unrest and want peace and want their children to be concentrate on their studies but these Pakistani sympathizers want something else.
Few days ago, some militant outfits created terror in the valley and looted few banks and not it is estimated that these militants are funding the separatists over resuming the protests in the valley so that they can easily recruit the younger generation of the valley.
All this, creates hurdle in the business fraternity of the valley, the Kashmir valley whose most of the business depend on the tourism sector hit badly. The tourism sector was now looking forward to a good number of tourists in the next few months and the tourists had already started coming and the Tourism Department had lined up several events to attract more visitors. Most of the events, including winter sports events and a New Year gala, are scheduled to be held at Gulmarg, which remains the hub of winter tourism in the Valley. But their (separatists) call for protests and shutdowns once again decline the business of tourism. Earlier, these separatists invite to tourists has had a positive impact but their protest calls once again put question mark on their credibility. Hoping for the best, the stakeholders are eagerly awaiting for a snowfall that is expected to a attract a good number of tourists to Kashmir. Even though most of the hotels are still waiting for tourists to arrive in full force, the hoteliers too are seeing “positive signs.” “Though not in large numbers, a few foreign tourists have started coming.

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