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Srinagar: The Tourist Trade Fraternity at its meeting held on Saturday expressed deep concern over the Government Advisory asking tourists and visitors on Holy Amarnath pilgrimage to leave the valley immediately. It said that this Government action is the last nail in the coffin of the tourism industry over here.

The advisory issued at a time when thousands of Yatris were at different stages of journey fearing a terrorist attack is very unfortunate, the Fraternity said in a statement issued at the end of the meeting. The fraternity has further said:

The decision to call off Yatra has tarnished the image and reputation of Kashmiris as being a tolerant society.

The Advisory has also hugely damaged the reputation of Kashmir as a peaceful tourist destination.

The tourism fraternity wonders if the safety and security of people is not a priority for the Government. 

The Advisory asking tourists to leave the valley, huddling and evacuation of tourists from hotels, houseboats, resorts, guest houses has no precedent.

The valley has never experienced an unpleasant act or incident targeting tourists.

The aftermath of advisory and tourist exodus will have disastrous consequences for hotel, restaurants, tour & travel segment, transport, handicrafts, wholesale & retail, shikara walas, ponywalas, daily wagers directly connected with tourism will be hit hard. 

The tourism industry in Kashmir is the biggest employment generator and in the present circumstance, the first hit will be its workforce when the unit will not have finances, which is understandable that the workers will be laid off.

Apart from this, the interests and banking commitments and other recurring expenditure cannot be met as there will be no revenue generation.

We fail to understand how would you call a government advisory as a rumour. This is some food for thought. This advisory in actuality is a big crackdown on the populace of Kashmir.