Published on : Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Although the Himachal state government has opened the borders for tourists in Himachal Pradesh permitting all types of activities including adventure sports like paragliding, the state’s tourism industry is still under adversity amid Covid-19 pandemic.
Those involved in the tourism industry in Mcleodganj said that tourists are not that willing to venture out of their homes or travel to places due to Covid-19. Hoteliers, taxi travelers or people related to adventure sports activities have virtually become jobless.
“The State government allowed inter-state movement but we do not have tourists. People are still scared to travel due to Covid-19. Many people in the area have become jobless. The government has opened everything but there are no activities in Mcleodganj or nearby areas these days. Only local people are visiting here, “said Amit Mishra, a hotelier.
“Many hoteliers are under financial liabilities. Shopkeepers, taxi operators and staff of hotels are almost jobless. The government should give a relief package for the tourism industry,” he added.
Deputy Director of the tourism department in Dharamshala, Sunaina Sharma said that more than 200 paragliding pilots are registered with the department.
“The activities like paragliding are allowed from September 16 with specific safety guidelines for tourists and pilots as well. More than 200 paragliding pilots are registered with us. Borders are open now and we are providing online training to the hoteliers and staff members. People are becoming more responsible now. We are hopeful to have sufficient numbers of tourists in the days to come,” Sharma said.
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