The government’s decision to open Jammu and Kashmir for tourists in a phased manner from July 14 did lead to relief and even enthusiasm among professionals in the travel and tourism industry. This industry is the backbone of this region. But this decision came with a renewed lockdown in the valley. Those in the sector say they are mired in confusion and have been languishing since August 5 last year. Newsclick speaks to the tour operators and members of the houseboat association.