Tourism forms the backbone of the economy of the temple town, which can be gauged by the burgeoning travel and hospitality industry.
The fortnight-long agitation, which reached a flashpoint with the bandh call on Tuesday, gave a serious jolt to Tirupati’s tourism industry, what with the inflow plummeting to rock-bottom. Most hotels are concentrated around the APSRTC central bus station and railway station areas, forming the city’s core area, which has now turned deserted. Several hotels failed to register even a third of the booking they used to get in normal days.
The last weekend, tagged with Ramzan holiday, turned out to be a silver-lining, when the inflow was relatively steady. “The ‘muhurthams’ witnessed during the last three days also helped us get business to some extent”, explained A.Ravishankar Reddy, general manager of Hotel Bliss.
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