‘Tourism may lose Rs 4,170 cr per year’

The tourism sector in Uttrakhand, has been hit to the extent of 85% in the flood disaster, according to a survey conducted by Assocham Social Development Foundation. The devastation has badly hurt the state’s tourism industry.

The Char Dham Yatra may take years to recover and places like Mussoorie and Nainital, usually flocked with the tourists, are witnessing steep decline of about 75% in the number of tourists. People fear being trapped and therefore, they are cancelling their trips, said DS Rawat, secretary general, while releasing the ASSOCHAM paper.

Tourism sector would also witness a direct employment loss of about 1,80,000 people becoming unemployed for six months in the current year. The rationale for this assumption is that there are a total of 1,79,218 households in the three districts according to 2011 census, adds the ASSOCHAM report. Given the extent of their association in the tourism and hospitality sector, it would be reasonable to expect at least one person from a household to be directly employed in tourism. The sector would lose Rs. 4170 crore per year.

Full report here Business Standard


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