Published on : Tuesday, December 29, 2020
As New Year Eve is just around the corner, many remote tourist attractions in Uttarakhand like Munsyari, Binsar, Khirsu, Joshimath, and Lansdowne have started experiencing huge flow in tourist bookings since March 2020 when the first virus attack induced lockdown worldwide.
While exchanging thoughts to TOI, owners of hoteliers and homestays at these locations have explained that bookings have crossed 50% for the first time since the pandemic struck and with the predicted snowfall in the impending days, there are possibilities that these bookings will increase even more. “Till Christmas, most of the hotels here were struggling but these days, most of the hotels here are functioning at over 50-60% capacity.
This is the first time since March when tourists have turned up in such large numbers,” said Devendra Singh, a hotelier from Munsyari.
Ajay Bhatt, owner of hotels and homestays in places like Joshimath and Auli, has explained that all his properties as well as camping sites are completely booked in the New Year.
“We have suffered disastrous losses in the last several months. However, tourism has finally started to pick up,” Bhatt said.
Also, the officials at the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, managed by the tourism department in both Khirsu and Lansdowne have explained that these properties have now started seeing a rush in tourist numbers for the first time since the lockdown began. “Around Christmas, we had 10 rooms booked but we are expecting more bookings for the New Year,” said the official from Khirsu.