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Nearly one crore tourists visited JK in 2009

india Updated: Apr 01, 2010 17:33 IST
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"Nearly one crore tourists, with over 55,000 from abroad, had visited Jammu and Kashmir in 2009, Jammu and Kashmir" government on Thursday said.

Replying to a question in the Legislative Assembly, state Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora said "that nearly a crore tourists, both domestic and foreign, visited the state in 2009."

"92.48 lakh were domestic tourists and 55,000 foreign," he said adding he hoped year 2010 would fare even better for the tourism front in the state.

"The state government is primarily focusing on promotion of tourism in the state to revive economic activity and employment generation in this sector," he said.

The earnings under public sector through various agencies of tourism department during 2009-10, ending January 2010, were of the order of 32.75 crore.

He further said "15 tourism development authorities have been created in the state, besides 15 tourist villages under Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan."