The hospitality industry in Kullu and Manali has geared up for the Charismas and New Year holiday season with preparations in full swing since the past two days. The flow of tourists had slowed down earlier due to the heavy snowfall in the region, which hit road connectivity and power supply hard.
To woo tourists hoteliers as well as the tourism department is offering attractive packages. Anup Thakur, president of the Kullu-Manali Hoteliers' Association said, “We have unanimously decided to give a 50% discount on hotel rooms to customers during the Manali winter carnival that begins on January 2.”
To reverse the recent slump of tourism industry, hoteliers are offering special packages for tourists during Christmas and New Year, in which a stay of three nights and four days will be provided for Rs 2,500 in addition to a dance for couples and other services like transportation free of cost.
The local tourism department office is also offering attractive packages for tourists for Christmas and New Year.
“The past two days we experienced slight increase in number of bookings between 40 to 60% for Charismas and New Year, which earlier shrank completely between December 13 to 18, when entire district was cut off from power supply for seven days due to heavy snowfall in the region,” said assistant general manager BR Thakur.
“We are offering four nights and five days stay in tourism department resorts for honeymooning couples for only Rs 2,500, in which we will provide free pick and drop facility for our customers,” he added.
Anant Thakur , a travel agent in Manali, said during the past few days he had suffered a huge setback in his business due to the power outage in the district with about 70% bookings cancelled but now he is expecting good business in coming days as weather conditions begin improving in the region.
This time tourists hope to enjoy a white Christmas and New Year in nearby Manali that recently received heavy snowfall. However, tourists will not be allowed to visit the Rohtang pass because of safety reasons.