Summer brings rush of tourists to Himachal – The New Indian Express
Express press service
CHANDIGARH: All roads lead to Himachal Pradesh! The state has seen a sudden increase in the number of tourists. This year alone, about 42 lakh tourists have visited the state, including nearly 27 lakh since early March.
The majority of tourists come from northern India. The numbers were low in the last two due to the Covid-19 pandemic – 55 lakh in 2021 and 32 lakh in 2020. Before the pandemic, nearly 1.75 crore visitors came to Himachal annually.
Amit Kashyap, Director of Tourism and Managing Director of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, said tourists are also coming due to the early onset of summer. “This type of tourist attendance in the first three and a half months of the year is the highest in the past four years. The hotel occupancy rate is around 80%,” Kashyap said.
Mr. K. Seth, Chairman of the Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association, said tourists from Haryana, Punjab and Delhi visit Himachal, especially on weekends. While the big hotel chains are doing great business, homestay arrangements aren’t doing badly either.
Ashwani Bamba, president of the Dharamsala Hotel and Restaurant Association, said there were heavy crowds at weekends and all kinds of accommodation were in demand. There are about 1.25 lakh hotel rooms in the state.
Traditional attractions and new places
Most tourists visit the popular places like Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala. The Lahaul and Spiti tribal district has also become a tourist hotspot, especially after the opening of the Atal tunnel in 2020. The state government is also promoting religious tourism and adventure sports to attract more tourists. visitors. Not only hotels, but also homestays are also in high demand, especially on weekends. Authorities believe visitor numbers will rise as the mercury continues to soar in nearby places like Punjab and Delhi