Published on : Saturday, January 22, 2022
The Travel Agents Association of Nashik (TAAN) has asked the district administration for permitting the tourism sector to open with some restrictions, instead of a complete ban.
DattaBhalerao, a senior member of the association, said that the bed occupancy in more than 150 resorts in Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri and Nashik belt for the weekends this month is more than 90%.
The association said that the immediate ban will affect their business badly since tourists were expected to visit these places at liberty during the weekends.
Bhaleraosaid that instead of a complete ban, they should be allowed to operate with at least 50% capacity against SOPs and restrictions.
There has been an increase in footfall of tourists in rural areas, mostly in Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri and Nashik belt. Hence, the DDMA has banned the tourist places in these areas to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The places out of bounds for people are Bramhagiri mountain, Anjineri, Harihar Fort, Salher-Mulher fort, Dugarwadi waterfalls, dams, including Bhavali, Gangpuar, Vaitarna, among others.
Bhalerao further said that the tourism sector had been badly affected during the first and the second waves of the Covidpandemic; however, the sector started gaining momentum from October-November onwards.
“There are restrictions on international travel and this is a good opportunity to boost domestic tourism within the country. Nashik has emerged as one of the major destinations, and tourists, not only from Mumbai and Pune but from across the country visit various destinations in Nashik,” said Bhalerao.