With travelers opting for Kashmir, government aid sought to revive business in Kangra: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Lalit Mohan

Dharamsala, May 8

Most of the tourists, who used to visit Himachal in the summer, now prefer to travel to the Kashmir valley, which affects the tourism industry in the Kangra region.

The sector contributes 18% to GDP

A few events are organized to showcase the culture of the state. The government should make efforts to attract tourists to the state as the tourism sector contributes around 18% to the state’s GDP. Sanjeev Gandhi, a hotelier

Ashwani Bamba, chairman of the Upper Dharamsala Hotel and Restaurant Association, says the return of peace to the Kashmir Valley is the main reason for the change. Hotels in Kashmir are reportedly packed and the diversion of tourists has hit business in Himachal.

He says Kashmir is better placed than Himachal in terms of infrastructure and connectivity. Larger planes can land at Srinagar airport, allowing more tourists to travel by air. Air fares are also moderate compared to Himachal.

The state is poor in terms of connectivity. Gaggal Airport is the busiest airport in the state. However, the proposal to increase the length of its airstrip has been dragging on for many years. Only small planes can land at the airport due to which air fares are very high.

Deepak Kumar, a tour operator, says many travel agents have stopped bringing tourists to the state because entry and other taxes on buses and other vehicles are very high. Recently, Gujarat tour operators had decided to boycott Shimla due to high state taxes. The decision also has a direct impact on tourist arrivals in areas like Kangra, he adds.

Sanjeev Gandhi, general secretary of the Smart City Dharamsala Hotel and Restaurant Association, says the tourism department is making almost no effort to attract tourists. Only a few events are held to introduce the culture of the state to visitors. The government should make efforts to attract tourists to the state as the tourism sector contributes around 18% to the state’s GDP.

Dharamsala’s hoteliers are heavily dependent on foreign tourists, who came here to meet the Dalai Lama. But following the Covid epidemic, their influx has almost been reduced to nothing. Now that international flights have resumed, hoteliers are hoping for a return to the region.

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