Floods choke travel sector’s business

The domestic tourism sector, already facing a slowdown due to high airfare, is in for another setback. Floods in Uttarakhand and parts of Himachal Pradesh could bring down the tourism business by an estimated 30 per cent in the segment, while forcing thousands of travellers to defer their visit to the two states.

Hotels’ occupancy level, usually 100 per cent in the peak season, is down to 20-30 per cent, as tourists fear they might get stranded. The total room supply in Uttarakhand is estimated at over 10,000. These include the rooms offered by branded hotels like the Ananda Resorts in Mussoorie and Radisson, Country Inn and Sarovar Hotels in Haridwar. Among major brands present in Himachal Pradesh are The Oberoi, Radisson, Holiday Inn, and some heritage hotels run by Welcomgroup. The supply of rooms in the state stands at an estimated 25,000.

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