With campaigning for impending general elections picking up momentum and its consequent adverse impact on the tourists inflow, the room bookings in hotels in the state has seen a sharp decline.
The coastal town Puri, abode of lord Jagannath, has registered decline in bookings to the tune of 80 per cent due to the non-arrival of tourists because of the general elections. Puri has about 600 hotels including 50-60 of premium brand, 400 standard hotels and the rest being holiday homes and lodgings.
“The bookings (of hotel rooms) has dropped by about 80 per cent as the arrival of tourists to Puri has declined for the elections”, said Ramkrushshna Das Mohapatra, President, Hotel Association of Puri (HAP).
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