In Puri, a touch of disaster tourism

Some tour operators in the temple town of Puri have lost no time in turning adversity to advantage and are readily agreeing to take visitors to the cyclone-ravaged areas on sightseeing trips.

Industry sources said occupancy in hotels has jumped to 80% from an abysmal 5% recorded on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “We’re receiving inquiries from tourists eager to visit Puri. Bookings are on,” Yogabrata Kar, secretary of the Odisha Tour Operators’ Association said. “Many tourists have come up with requests that they be taken on trips to the cyclone-ravaged parts. We are not sending them away,” Kar said.

A day after the disaster, some foreign tourists in Puri clicked photographs of the uprooted trees at collector Naba Kumar Nayak’s official residence. The cyclone had uprooted three banyan trees in the collector’s residential compound.

Full report here Times of India 


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