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Killings will hit tourism, govt should act: hoteliers' body

The Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Association (KHARA), a body of tourism stakeholders, on Monday expressed fears that the killing of two youths in Bandipora will impact tourism.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2013 20:35 IST
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The Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Association (KHARA), a body of tourism stakeholders, on Monday expressed fears that the killing of two youths in Bandipora will impact tourism.

"The tourism fraternity is trying its best to attract tourists from other states so that the state develops economically and becomes self-reliant. However, the innocent killings will bring the tourism industry back to square one," said KHARA president Showkat Chowdhary.

Condemning the killing of two youths in the army firing, he said, "Such killings belie the government's claims to bring peace and promote state on economic front.""What is the fun of promoting tourism when all our effort would go in a vain? We had hardly recovered from the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, which hit tourism badly this year," he added.

The KHARA president said the tourism fraternity was providing employment to hundreds of youth. "If the government is not able to curb its forces, then tourism fraternity would stop promoting tourism," he said.

Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Association (KHARA), a body of tourism stakeholders, on Monday expressed fears that the killing of two youths in Bandipora will impact tourism.

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