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Hotel occupancy touches rock bottom in Himachal

SHIMLA: Whenever Haryana boils, Himachal Pradesh feels the heat and people engaged in tourism and allied suffer the most.

The state had been a victim of violence thrice since November 2014 due to unexpected violence in Haryana, resulting in complete lull in tourist inflow, causing losses worth crores of rupees to tourism industry, reports The Tribune.

Violence erupted in the state following conviction of Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim by a CBI court two days ago, arrest of self-styled godman Rampal from his ashram in Barnala in Haryana in November 2014 and lawlessness during the Jat agitation for reservation in February 2016. Whenever there was violence in the Himachal was sufferer.

This is the third time since November 2014 that the business has been hit due to violence in the neighbouring state.

The weekend tourism in Himachal is mainly dependent on the tourist from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. The hotel occupancy touched rock bottom as tourists stayed away from the hill state while Haryana areas were burning.

“There was no tourist arrival from neighbouring states and only the tourist from within the state are coming”, said president, Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association M K Seth adding that there are 9,000 rooms in Shimla alone and the occupancy has gone down to two-three per cent. People become apprehensive traveling to Himachal and the trauma haunts the industry for weeks.

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