Tourism business in Jaipur adversely affected with drop in tourist footfall

Published on : Tuesday, January 25, 2022

With Covid cases increasing in Rajasthan, tourism business in Jaipur has been adversely affected with drop in tourist footfall. Foreign tourists, who generally arrive in hundreds in January, were missing in the district this month.

Businesses including hotels, restaurants, camel riders, langamanganiyars and guides are bearing the brunt of the virus.

To quote ParyatanVyavasayiMahasangh president Jitendra Singh Rathore, “The tourism industry in the district has been gravely affected for the last two years. This year, there was hope but now with the increasing corona cases, the tourism season has completely been ruined. Small tourism businessmen and many people earning their livelihood from it are worried about their future.”

Even flights to Jaisalmer are less due to lack of passengers. On Saturday, there was no flight to Jaisalmer. Three out of five flights flying to Jaisalmer have been canceled till February. Airlines like Trujet and Spicejet have canceled their flights to Jaisalmer for operational maintenance. Spicejet airline flying from Jaisalmer to Mumbai and Bangalore has canceled its flight services for this tourist season.

The desert festival, scheduled to be held from February 14-16, is yet to be decided. Generally preparations for the festival start two months beforehand, but this year, despite less than a month remaining, no preparations have started.
Jaisalmer tourism department assistant director Krishna Kumar said, “Looking at the increasing Covid numbers and as per the government guidelines, the chance of organizing it is very less.”

However, the final decision for the same will be taken next week in a meeting with the district collector.

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