Tribune press service
Shimla, June 28
Most of the hotels in all of the major tourist destinations are jam-packed as visitors swarm the hills to escape the heat. According to one estimate, 2.57 lakh vehicles entered the state in a fortnight.
Even though locals were enraged at the usual traffic jams, hoteliers couldn’t have been happier with an average of more than 18,000 vehicles entering the state each day. While the hospitality industry has been severely beaten over the past 15 months, most hotels, guesthouses and host families are experiencing high occupancy rates, much to their delight.
Police said while 1.31 lakh vehicles entered Himachal between June 13 and June 20, the number remained almost the same at 1.25 lakh between June 20 and June 27. mandatory RT PCR report and later electronic registration on the cowin portal.
“To our relief, the tourism sector seems to be improving as we have a very good occupancy rate. On weekends, most establishments are packed, ”said Sanjay Sood, a local hotelier.
Echoing similar sentiments, Anil Walia, owner of a resort in Mashobra, said the state had suddenly come alive with tourists arriving from all corners and corners of the country, knocking on doors at every hotel, house and town. host and host family, whether Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Kinnaur, Lahaul Spiti or Dalhousie.
The besieged hospitality industry had practically been pushed to the brink, with most seeking to survive. Closed for more than a year, most believe it was futile to turn to the government for financial assistance. “We have to learn to run the business to the new standard, where a customer feels safe in the midst of the Covid era, as maintaining high levels of hygiene and cleanliness becomes the number one priority,” admitted a hotelier.
With the catching up of the new concept of ‘hillwork’, many professionals are relocating to the picturesque villages in places like a remote village in Manali or a hut at Dharamkot in McLeodganj. It is the rural population that benefits as these professionals only want a serene setting in the towers of nature, eating local food without fancy kitchens, gadgets or rooms.
No borders now
- 1.31 lakh vehicles entered Himachal between June 13 and 20
- The number of vehicles remained almost the same at 1.25 lakh between June 20 and June 27
- The sudden increase in the number of visitors is seen as the government lifted the condition of obtaining the mandatory RT PCR report and later electronic registration on the cowin portal.