20 lakh tourists expected for Xmas & New Year

A survey report by Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) says that despite the economic slowdown in India, the hospitality industry is reporting a significant revival in occupancy rates and the tourism trade is expecting over 20 lakhs tourists to visit tourist destinations in North and South India for Christmas and New Year.

The preferred destinations include – Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahaul and districts of Spiti, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi Nainital, Kullu, Manali, Massourie, Dalhousie, Kufri, Kashmir valley in winters with snowfall being the main attraction. Rajasthan, as always, will remain a favourite and places like Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner are expected to see a mix of domestic and foreign tourists. Besides, the top destinations in south include Ooty, Mysore, Puducherry, Rameshwaram and Goa, Mahabaleshwar in West India according to a report by Swati Mathur in The Times of India.

Of the 4,500 participants 68% preferred to visit parts of northern India to enjoy their New Year
festivities as the region is likely to witness mild snowfall on the New Year’s Eve 2014. On the other hand, almost 28% potential travellers preferred to visit coastal regions of Goa, Puducherry, Kerala, Thiruvananthpuram, Rameshwaram etc. About 10% desired to visit areas like Ooty, Mahabaleshwar, highlights the survey.

Read the full report here, Hospitality Biz


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