Tourism forms the backbone of the economy of the temple city, which can be gauged by the burgeoning travel and hospitality industry.
The fortnight-long agitation, which reached a flashpoint with the Bandh call on Tuesday, gave a serious jolt to Tirupati’s tourism industry, what with the inflow plummeting to touch the rock-bottom. Several hotels failed to register even a third of the booking they used to get in normal days.
Last weekend, tagged with Ramzan holiday, turned out to be a silver-lining when the inflow was relatively steady. “The Muhurthams witnessed during the last three days also helped us get business to some extent,” said A. Ravishankar Reddy, general manager of Hotel Bliss.
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