Happy New Year 2021: After the recent snowfall at several places in Himachal Pradesh, people from different parts of the country have started arriving at various tourist spots of the state to celebrate the New Year.
New Delhi: Happy New Year 2021: After the recent snowfall at many places in Himachal Pradesh, people from different parts of the country have started arriving at various tourist spots of the state to celebrate the New Year. Among them are tourists from the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.Mohinder Seth, president of a consortium of Himachal Pradesh tourism industry stakeholders, said that most of the hotels in major tourist areas including Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Kufri were fully booked from Christmas to December 27 and further from December 31 to January 3. Expect to be fully booked.Seth said that the state government had allowed the entry of tourists in July after a ban of more than three months due to the epidemic, but since then the hill state tourist spots witnessed the highest number of tourists during Christmas.
Recently, there has been a surge in the number of tourists after the snowfall on 27 December. Most of the popular resorts of the state were lying vacant due to Corona virus epidemic, business speed was very slow in them. The entire tourism industry in the state was closed for about eight months due to the epidemic and recently it has gained momentum in the last month of the year.
According to the government-run Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) officials, almost all their things are running with 100 percent capacity, which is a remarkable achievement amidst the current epidemic situation. Though the tourism industry of the state is expecting a brisk business in the coming weeks, but due to the sharp rise in tourist arrivals, the spread of Covid-19 is also expected. The number of Covid-19 cases in the state has reached close to 55,000.