Mysuru tourism expected to get better with lifting of night curfew

Published on : Monday, November 8, 2021

The Karnataka government’s decision to do away with night curfew is expected toimprove the stressed tourism and hospitality sector, which has been badly hit by the pandemic.

Stakeholders said that they expect business to pick up during the Christmas-New Year season, a possible third wave of infections being the only concern. Several Western countries are already battling a new wave.

On Saturday, just 24 hours after the government’s order was issued, hotels in Mysuru sitnessedclient increase. “One day later and there is a visible difference,” said NarayanaGowda, president, Mysuru Hotel Owners’ Association. “We welcome the move which we expect will help the ailing tourism and hospitality sector.”

Industry stakeholders said that compared to 2020, advance enquiries for week-long holiday packages during Christmas and New Year have improved this year.

“We are getting a good number of inquiries, but we are being cautious while accepting bookings,” said BG Ananthashayana, president of Coorg Homestay Association.

Demand to restart the winter festival in front of the Mysuru Palace has also been growing. Stakeholders are demanding more activities to promote tourism not only in Mysuru but also in all the southern districts.

“The winter festival added color to Christmas-New Year tourism. It drew a huge number of tourists. The government must hold the event this year,” said BS Prashanth, president, Federation of MysuruOrganizations.

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