- Published on 09 November 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
North India seems to be the favourite destination for tourists during Christmas and New Year.
Despite slowdown in economy the hospitality industry is witnessing significant revival, a survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India indicates.
The preferred destinations include – Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahaul and districts of Spiti, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi Nainital, Kullu, Manali, Massourie, Dalhousie, Kufri, Kashmir valley in winters with snowfall being the main attraction. Rajasthan, as always, will remain a favourite and places like Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner etc will see a mix of domestic and foreign tourists. Besides, the top destinations in south would include Ooty, Mysore, Pondicherry, Rameshwaram and Goa, Mahabaleshwar in west, according to just concluded survey conducted by Assocham.
The survey was carried out in ten major cities like Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Thiruvanathpuram and Ahemdabad and Assocham interacted with as many as 4,500 people included frequent travellers, professionals, travel trade and the agents booking foreign tourists.
Of the 4,500 participants 68 per cent preferred to visit parts of northern India to enjoy their New Year festivities as the region is likely to witness mild snowfall on the New Year’s Eve 2014. On the other hand, almost 28 per cent potential travellers preferred to visit coastal regions of Goa, Pudducherry, Kerala, Thiruvananthpuram, Rameshwaram etc and about 10 per cent desired to visit areas like Ooty, Mahabaleshwar, highlights the survey.
Releasing the findings of ASSOCHAM survey, Chamber's Secretary General, D.S. Rawat said,“there is steady increase in hotel occupancy mostly in North India and other traditional tourist destinations. Festive season and pick up in economy should be given credit for improvement in hotel occupancy and the hotels are cashing in on buoyant festive”.
The impact is already being seen by way 35-40% increase in tariffs for hotel accommodations as food & beverage costs are also running up by nearly 30-35%, from the bottom witnessed last year.
During last Christmas, Goa happened to be highly congested tourist spot because it provided competitive tariffs. This year, the trend is more towards tourist spots that are comparatively cheaper as tariffs for hotels accommodation have jumped up by nearly 35-40% with food and beverages cost also going up by nearly 20-25% in larger towns and metros.
It is not only the party buffs who are planning holidays during the New Year but also many families that are going on pilgrimage. Tirupati, Gurvayoor, Mantralayam, Dharmasthala, Kukke Subramanya, Kollur, Sringeri, Horanadu and other pilgrim centres in the south are the favourites for many families for the New Year holiday, adds the survey.
India's tourist industry is booming due to a rush of foreign tourists and increased travel by Indians to domestic destinations. With the great potential available and the development initiatives taken by the government, Indian Inbound Tourism has shown a substantial growth in 2012-13.
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