Please visit Kashmir in spring, Omar tells retreating tourists

Please visit Kashmir in spring, Omar tells retreating tourists

SRINAGAR: The state’s former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday took to micro-blogging site Twitter to convince the tourists, who have been cancelling their scheduled trips to Kashmir Valley due to rains, to visit the region.
“Look no further than Kashmir,” the National Conference leader, who has over 8, 70, 000 followers on the micro-blogging site, tweeted.
“The worst of the water logging is behind us & the fear of floods has been dispelled by the government. Please come visit Kashmir in the spring,” Omar wrote.
To attract tourists to visit the famous tourist destinations such as Gulmarg and Pahalgam, he wrote, “The tulips will soon be in bloom & the Valley is the most gorgeous green, Gulmarg still has snow & the Lidder is roaring in Pahalgam.”
“Tulips in Srinagar beginning to bloom. It’s a 1 hr flight from Delhi so why wait!” he wrote, and posted a picture of the tulip garden.
Omar appealed the people who are looking to spend a holiday in the Valley, saying that entire Kashmir was waiting for them.
“So if you are looking for a holiday or even a short break look no further than Kashmir. Everyone here is waiting to welcome you,” he wrote.
It is former CM’s second attempt in a week to persuade tourists into visiting the Valley.
“…PLEASE don’t rush to cancel,” he had written earlier on March 31. “Instead I request you to wait and see how things develop.”
“The tourist industry had a disastrous autumn & a really bad winter because of the floods. Finally things were looking up in April,” he had written, adding, “Now because of the recent rains & accompanying news stories, hotels are reporting up to 40 per cent cancellations which is a disaster for them.”
Omar had requested his followers on Twitter to re-tweet his message in order to reach maximum number of people.
“I’ve never asked for RTs before, but as a favour to the tourist industry of Kashmir, please RT my last 4 tweets as many times as possible. Tks,” he wrote.