Published on : Tuesday, January 4, 2022
The Omicron variant of coronavirus has started impacting the tourism industry in Jaisalmer.
There were no vacant rooms in Jaisalmer hotels due to Christmas and New Year after the heavy inflow of tourists. But, now due to the increasing cases in many states, there are cancelations once again. Enquiries for tourist bookings have almost stopped. Around 15-20% bookings have been canceled.
Till a day back, all rooms in hotels and tent resorts were full in Jaisalmer. Hotel tent resorts were full till January 4-5; however, increasing cases of Omicron variant and restrictions by the state government have started affecting the tourism business.
Mayank Bhatia, a hotelier, said, “Due to increasing cases of omicron variant in many states including Rajasthan there is a situation of fear in tourists and many cancellations have been done. In the last two days, no new booking enquiries have been received. If this situation continues, then once again the industry could suffer a big economic loss.”
A leading tourist guide said that in the last two months, there was a good inflow of tourists, but now hotel bookings are getting canceled and it is expected to incur heavy losses.