Karnataka: Tourism industry puts hope in holiday season | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: With the fall of new cases of Covid-19 and the recovery of all economic sectors, the travel and tourism industry – hard hit by the pandemic – is placing its hopes in Dasara’s holidays and the holiday season for reverse losses and rekindle fortunes.
As it stands, the industry has seen a strong recovery in business over the past two months, with the number of people visiting tourist sites in the state increasing dramatically after the government lifted restrictions on tourist attractions. travel. Neighborhoods like Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada and Karwar, which are home to several major tourist sites, experience high attendance, especially on weekends.
“The past month has been really good for hoteliers, host family owners and other allied businesses in the tourism industry,” said Tukaram, who runs a hotel in Chikkamagaluru. “Most hotels have an occupancy rate of 50 to 60%, which was a dream just four months ago. We hope the party continues into the holiday season as well, as families, who haven’t ventured out of their homes for over a year now, are expected to go on tour. ”
Government-run Jungle Lodges and Resorts, which has 16 properties across the state, has also done well in the past two months. “Our occupancy rate for the past two months is around 50%, which is great,” said Kumar Pushkar, MD, JLR. “We hope it will improve during Dasara. The signs are already there in the form of a growing number of inquiries.
Taxi and taxi owners are also smiling as bookings have increased. “During the past month all of my vehicles have been booked for 15 days for the first time since March 2020. We hope to have more such days from now on,” said Ramakrishna, who runs a tours and travel agency in Bangalore.
However, some players believe that the positive atmosphere that prevails may not last all season. BG Ananthashayana, president of the Coorg Homestay Association, said the Kodagu district administration ordered the closure of all tourist sites in the district from October 7-18, citing Covid-19 precautions, which is a blow hard on business.
“This is clearly a case where the government and the district administration are playing spoilers,” he said, urging the district administration to immediately withdraw the order. “Who will visit the neighborhood if all tourist spots are closed?” It’s like rubbing salt on the wounds of hoteliers and host family owners who have suffered huge financial losses over the past 18 months. ”

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