Bad weather and rain rage in Char Dham area has affected the tourism in all the hill stations and holiday destinations in the neighborhood. Tourist traffic has considerably dropped and booked tours are being cancelled in huge numbers. Instead of Himalayan skirts, tourists opt for Goa, Kashmir, Kerala, Rajasthan and other safer destinations.
About 80% of the bookings for various destinations in Uttarakhand have been cancelled following nature’s rampage. The region otherwise used to be packed with both adventure tourists and Char Dham pilgrims. Observing the condition of the weather, travelers have become reluctant to visit Jim Corbett National Park, Mussourie, Nanital and other nearby hill stations. Statistically, 50% of bookings for neighboring destinations have been cancelled.
Vishal Suri, the Chief Executive Officer, Kuoni India, said that Jammu & Kashmir has currently become the favorite of Indian tourists while Goa, Kerala and, surprisingly, even Rajasthan have also gained popularity, said Sharat Dhall, the President of Yatra.com. Karnataka and Kerala are the top choices in the Peninsular India according to Rajiv Kale, the Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Cook. Tour operators believe that the destruction caused by weather to tourism infrastructure like hotels, inns, lodges, motels, restaurants, etc. has set Uttarakhand tourism about two years back. The drop in tourism revenue from the area is going impact the entire region and may increase unemployment.