Published on : Friday, December 24, 2021
The Omicron scare seems to have had little impact on travel plans, except that most foreign destinations have imposed restrictions on travel due to COVID-related curbs. On the contrary, the domestic tourism scene is busy with activity.
Vijeth R., a techie Bengaluru, said that his family has planned a vacation to Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, for the New Year’s eve. “We have not been anywhere out for the past two years and planned this vacation. Now, again there is a scare of a possible third wave. But since we would be in a cottage inside the national park, we have decided to go ahead anyway,” he said.
Sanjar Imam, President, Karnataka Tourism Forum, said that Rajasthan, Goa and Jammu and Kashmir have come up as top domestic destinations for tourists going out of the state. Since most international destinations are out of bounds, Maldives and Dubai are two destinations that are luring tourists, and are doing well.
“While international travel is almost wiped out, we have achieved pre-pandemic traffic volumes during the year end season. However, this was not the case even a few weeks before this season and we expect this to drop again after the first week of January,” Imamsaid.
The hospitality industry in Karnataka is also doing good business during the season. “Almost every resort and hotel worth the name in the State is fully booked and you can’t get a room now. All prominent destinations — Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Kabini, Sakleshpur, Hampi — are all booked,” said M. Ravi, of Karnataka Tourism Society.
SindhuRupesh, Director, Tourism Department, said that the response is good this year, and all the Jungle Lodges and Resorts and hotels by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation are fully booked.