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Himachal hotel owners wanting to wait until October to accept tourists

All hotel owners of Himachal collectively agreed to suspend tourism for a few months

Manali Hotels
Hotels in Manali (image source: wikimedia commons)

Hotel owners throughout Himachal have demanded the government to hold on to the restarting of tourism in Himachal until the month of October. In the month of July, the government had plans to implement the safety guidelines for all tourism-related businesses.

The large group of hotel owners called ‘All Himachal Association of Hospitality and Tourism’ came forward to express the need to halt tourism because of the recent surge in the new active cases of COVID in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The group said that they have already suffered enough losses and an increase in the COVID spread will have an effect on the health of their families and society.

Also, the tourists are less likely to move freely and would have to stay in the hotels. This will discourage them to travel in Himachal. The hotel owners are not hopeful for any significant increase in the number of tourists due to the monsoon season which has started and also the rising number of new coronavirus cases.

All the hotel owners throughout Himachal have collectively agreed on the decision to stop tourists for the next few months. The health experts have also expressed their opinion about the second wave hitting the state of Himachal in July and August.

Another reason for this collective decision by the hotel owners was that the major chunk of domestic tourists come from Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat, and these states are the worst COVID affected states. Once the government allows tourists from these states, the people of Himachal will be at great risk of contracting an infection.

Also, the trains are still not operating until August 12 and the flights have also been suspended until July 15. These dates might be extended even further to help the state contain the spread of COVID.

The hotel owners also showed concern about the health of their staff members who are unwilling to cater to the guests from outside of Himachal.

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