Tourism industry hopes for a ray on Christmas and New Year

 Saturday, December 4, 2021 

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India’s travel and hospitality industry has been on a roller-coaster ride since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic early in 2020. In an effort to contain the spread of the new variant, the Central government announces a series of curbs, including quarantine for a week, for international tourists arriving from ‘at-risk’ countries. Moneycontrol reached out to multiple travel agents to gauge the impact of these safety measures.

In Delhi, most travel agents reported a 20-30 percent rise in cancellations. Data from Online Travel Agency (OTA) indicates a nearly 50 percent drop in new bookings by international passengers coming to India. Around 15 percent of bookings made earlier have been cancelled.

 The World Health Organization says the Omicron variant has the potential to spark infection surges around the globe, leading the Central government to once again heighten screening of arriving international passengers. To this end, on November 30, the Central government issued new rules for international travellers entering India in order to contain the spread of the new variant.

The Central government has classified all European countries, including the UK and 10 other countries — South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel  as ‘at-risk’ countries.

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