Tourists back to Puri after cyclone

The tourism industry in Puri limped back to normalcy just two days after cyclone Phailin hit the state. The occupancy in hotels has been reported to unexpectedly jump to 80% from just 5% recorded on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“We have started receiving enquiries from tourists, who are eager to visit Puri. Bookings are in full swing,” said secretary of Odisha Tour Operators’ Association Yugabrata Kar.

“We have repaired parts of the hotel after the cyclone caused minor damage. The hotel is booked for the next 15 days,” said Hotel Mayfair’s manager (Puri) Sanjeeb Pattnaik.

Hotel Association of Puri (HAP) secretary Rajkishore Patra said nearly one lakh tourists arrived in Puri between Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. “We had apprehended losses. But the inflow of tourists gained momentum after Howrah and Delhi-bound trains started running from Sunday evening,” said Patra, owner of Hotel Holiday Resort.

Read the full report here, Time of India


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