The Kumbh, starting in just two days time in Allahabad, will provide business opportunity of approximately Rs. 12,000 crore and direct and indirect jobs to nearly 6.5 lakh people. A Forecast Paper 'Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 - - Possible Revenue Generation Resources for Uttar Pradesh' released on Friday by Assocham, projected that airlines, hotels, tour operators etc were likely to witness a boom period.
“The Kumbh will generate additional employment opportunities for over six lakh people in sectors such as airlines, hotels, tour companies etc besides medical and eco-tourism. The unorganised sector, too, will witness maximum economic gains,” said Assocham secretary general D S Rawat. The hotel industry is aiming at 100% occupancy rate for Kumbh that is currently 70% on an average. It is likely to employ over 2.5 lakh skilled and unskilled works, the paper said.
The paper further revealed that during Kumbh about one million foreign tourists were expected to visit India on site seeing and religious and eco-tourism.
The total tourist arrival during the 55-day mega event is expected to be over 250 million. In 2001 it was 30 million. Australia, UK, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka are the main countries from where tourists arrivals are expected.
Domestic tourists are expected from Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jabalpur, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Kota etc), Uttarkhand (Nainital, Mussoorie, Auli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Ranikhet, Almora), UP (Agra, Lucknow), Punjab (Amrtisar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana), Himachal Pradesh (Shimla, Kufri, Manali, Panchkula) etc.