With merely over 32,000 domestic tourists visiting Kashmir between August and November in 2019, the domestic tourist footfall saw an 87 percent decline from the 2.49 lakh domestic tourists that visited the region during the same period in 2018, The Times of India has reported. According to the report, November was the best month for Kashmir, with 10,946 domestic tourists and 1,140 foreign tourists visiting the now-minted Union Territory (UT). That is more than double the footfall in September, according to the report.
According to the report, over 1.62 lakh and 1.49 lakh tourists visited the Valley in June and July respectively. That was 27 percent higher than figures for the same period in 2018, and sources told the newspaper that the July numbers could have been higher had the government not curtailed the Amarnath Yatra ahead of the abrogation of Article 370.