EIH flags risks to tourism from separatism


KOLKATA 
Growing separatist agitations across India triggered by the government’s acceptance of formation of Telangana state would severely impact tourist flow into the country, and hence the fortune of the hospitality industry, EIH Ltd chairman Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi said.

“Telengana..Bodoland. This is not good for tourism that it creates a lot of uncertainty, and these agitations are magnified in international press. And there are Lok Sabha elections which is another uncertainty,” Oberoi told reporters after the annual general meeting of the company.

The apparent success of Telangana agitation has rekindled the demand for formation of Bodoland in Assam and Gorkhaland in West Bengal, where Bodo and Gorkha tribes have called for bandhs in their respective regions of dominance.

Despite such disturbances, and economic gloom, EIH has been able to maintain healthy occupancy level compared with industry in the first quarter, which vice chairman and chief executive officer S S Mukherji attributed to some aggressive sales and marketing efforts.

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