The state of Jammu and Kashmir received more than 1.61 million tourists in 2013.
The arrivals are despite of protests, militant attacks and uncertain political situation in the state. The registered arrivals also include 28,000 foreign visitors, reported the Deccan Herald. “We received 11.61 lakh tourists last year which is less by one lakh in comparison to last year. But keeping in view the situation we had to face this year the numbers are more than satisfactory,” Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Minister for Tourism, Government of J&K was quoted by the newspaper.
“We have already organised several tourism-related programmes but there is a lot of space to do more. We are trying to create programmes which will not only showcase the natural beauty of Kashmir but also feature our culture and tradition so that tourists not only enjoy the scenery of the Valley but also learn about the way of living of Kashmiri people,” he said.
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