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Sikkim is preparing to revive its tourism industry

Ravangla Buddha Park, Sikkim (image source : Wikimedia commons)

The north-eastern state of Sikkim has been free from COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the lockdown. This was because the government took swift action to contain the virus by closing its borders. In the meantime, they prepared themselves for the worst. However, the lockdown has severely impacted the livelihood of the tourism business owners.

Tourism is very important for the financial health of this Indian state. It generates the most number of jobs for the people of Sikkim. Around 70% of the population of Sikkim are involved in the tourism business. The major chunk of the business activity is related to accommodation services.

The state officials have announced that they are preparing a revival plan for its tourism industry. Along with the plan, the government has received requests from the tourism businesses to waive off their taxes and requests for a relief package. The tourism minister is currently forming a plan to help the businesses to endure this crisis.

The following report by ‘India Today’ shows how Sikkim has done a great job in protecting its people against the Coronavirus.

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