Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Poor connectivity, expensive air travel hit Ladakh tourism

Jammu: Poor road connectivity and expensive air travel continue to keep tourists away from the land of high passes — Ladakh, as the number of both domestic and foreign visitors to the region recorded a decline in 2015 compared to the year 2014.
Apart from this, the logistical challenges being faced by the tourism industry in Ladakh (Leh and Kargil districts) are quite contrary to the state government’s much-touted claims. The dwindling number of tourists would directly hit the economy of the region.
“A total of 2,14,413 tourists, including 32,562 foreigners, visited Ladakh last year, registering a decline of 17,087 tourists as compared to the corresponding year 2014 when at least 2,31,500 tourists, including 61,500 foreign visitors, made it to the cold desert of the country,” official sources said.
The sources said, “A total of 1,46,413 tourists— 1,16,851 domestic and 29,562 foreigners— reached Leh districtin 2015, while the number of tourists visiting Kargil district for the period was 63,000, including 3,000 foreigners.”
11/01/16 Arteev Sharma/Tribune
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