With elections around the corner, travel industry insiders claim to be witnessing ‘poll tourism’. Foreign tourists and Non-Resident Indians, they say, are booking tickets to Mumbai and other important political hubs across the country to witness elections in the world’s largest democracy.
The tour operators claim that many foreign travellers visiting the city on business or leisure trips are also planning to extend their sojourn by a couple of days for the same reason.
Mumbai is scheduled to go to the polls on April 24 along with parts of Vidarbha and northern Maharashtra. President of Travel Agents Association of India, Iqbal Mulla, said they have been witnessing a trend among several foreign tourists who are planning trips to Mumbai around election time. “Foreign tourists are taking out an additional day or two to witness the elections. This is apart from NRIs [non-resident Indians] who return home to support their candidates or parties to which they are affiliated.”.
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