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Games effect: Delhi goes into vacation mode, heads out in Oct

The glaring absence of sporting stars appears to be having an adverse impact on Commonwealth Games 2010, with a large number of Delhiites opting to go on holiday during the Games in October.

delhi Updated: Aug 05, 2010 00:33 IST
Chetan Chauhan

The glaring absence of sporting stars appears to be having an adverse impact on Commonwealth Games 2010, with a large number of Delhiites opting to go on holiday during the Games in October.

"We have got maximum outgoing bookings from Delhi during the Games," said Sarabjit Singh, president of Indian Tourism and Transporters' Association. "But, there are very few bookings within Delhi from tourists during the Games.”

The Games would be the most convenient time for vacationing, because all schools will remain closed during that time with the Delhi government declaring school holidays then.

In addition, there are some government holidays in between, helping even government officials to take off from their busy schedules.

However, people who have decided to go on holiday, term the Games as not having enough attractions, as none of the big names would be making an appearance here. Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt of England and Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur, French Open finalists, have already announced that they will not attend the games.

“Since no star players are coming to Delhi, we have decided to spend a week in Himachal," said Ragunath Singh, an executive with a multinational company.

He and his friends have decided to be part of a trekking sojourn near Manali.

Others like Neeraj Anand, working with a private sector bank, say the government has provided them an opportunity to "escape" from the mess in Delhi as schools are closed.

However, the bad news for the Games Organising Committee translates into good news for the hospitality industry. "Many hotels have already been booked in the area," said Prahlad Chauhan, who runs a resort named Park Woods near Shimla.

And, most of the bookings are from Delhi and nearby areas.