60% Bookings Cancelled Since Attack

60% Bookings Cancelled Since Attack

17 March 2013
Kashmir Times
Shabir Ahmad

Srinagar: The media hype to the recent Fidayeen attack on CRPF in Bemina has badly hit the tourism sector of the valley with intending tourists cancelling their bookings and those having already arrived leaving back. The tourism players who were expecting a record breaking tourist arrival this year are now disappointed saying the Indian media has spoiled their trade to the hilt. President, tour and travel agents association Kashmir (TAAK), Kashmir, Rauf Tramboo, said that the media hype to the recent Fidayeen attack has badly hit the tourism. “The media hype to the Fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp has done a huge damage to the tourism trade. At least 60 percent bookings have been cancelled during last few days while the fresh queries have also stopped coming. Despite the cancellation of bookings by the intending tourists many tourists who had already arrived on long trips too cancelling their plans,” Tramboo said. He said that such attacks take place in almost all the north eastern states of India but in Kashmir the Indian media habitually blows such attacks out of proportion. “The continuous discussions and debates on news channels on the attack has led to the panic among the intending tourists who cancelled their bookings,” Tramboo said. President, Pahalgam hoteliers association, Javed Burza said that 50 percent bookings have been cancelled since the Fidayeen attack. “The Indian media blew the attack as if every body had been killed here. Half of the tourists who had arrived before the attack also moved back”. He said that even if the situation remains normal now but the damage done cannot be compensated. “The intending travelers plan their holidays during these two months only February and March. So on learning about the unrest here they will choose some other place for spending their holidays,” Burza said.