Published on : Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Everyone aged 18 and above has been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, said the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, thereby making the tourism industry feel optimistic about business looking prospective at the world famous destination in the coming days.
Chouhan attributed the success in vaccination to the awareness of the people of Khajuraho, located in Chhatarpur district, about 375 kms from the state capital Bhopal.The Khajuraho temples, which are a UNESCO world heritage site, are situated in the backward Bundelkhand region of the state.
Tourism industry stakeholders are hopeful that business will now pick up in the area.
“During the pandemic, all big and small hotels in Khajuraho were completely shut as the local hospitality business is dependent on visitors from outside. Now, being a 100 per cent vaccinated town, we can expect some tourist influx in the coming days, said Ajay Kashyap, a travel agent in Khajuraho.
He said that domestic visitors have started visiting the temple town since the waning of the second wave of COVID-19.
“Khajuraho gets the largest foreign tourist footfalls in Madhya Pradesh. But, the return of foreign visitors to Khajuraho may take time in view of the air transport restrictions due to COVID-19 and other restraints in their own country, Kashyap said.
Health department officials said that 2,77,07,815 vaccine doses have so far been administered in Madhya Pradesh against COVID-19.
On Saturday, MP reported six new cases of the virus, which took its tally of infections to 7,91,738, as per the state health department.