State Affairs

Nilgiris, Coimbatore see drop in bookings

COIMBATORE

The second busy season for resorts and cottages in The Nilgiris and rural Coimbatore has started quite late this year.

Cottages and resorts in Udhagamandalam and other tourist spots in The Nilgiris have been fully booked from December 25 to January 2. Only 50 to 60 per cent rooms are booked in rural pockets of the district at Pollachi and Valparai.

R. Aruneswaran, Managing Partner of a resort at Sethumadai (about 20 km from Pollachi Town), said that people who want to take a break from their hectic routine in metros preferred visiting the resorts that are close to the forests. When they book cottages or rooms for New Year celebrations, customers come with their family.

Major share of the bookings for resorts is from Bengaluru and Chennai. Citing a drop in bookings due to the recent flooding in Chennai and not much flow of money, he said that most of the resorts have not revised the tariff. A few resorts have called off New Year celebrations due to the recent floods in Chennai.

Sampath Thaniarasu, who owns eight cottages in Ooty, said that every year 50 per cent of the New Year bookings used to be from Chennai. “But this year it is only 10 per cent.” This year 30 to 40 per cent of the bookings are from Bengaluru and Mysore, 25 to 30 per cent from Kerala and the remaining from rest of Tamil Nadu.

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