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Polls affecting tourist inflow to Manali, Kullu

The present parliamentary elections have been adversely affecting the inflow of tourists to Manali and other parts of Kullu Valley. According to Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) sources, even in the last week of April, there wasn’t more than 40 per cent occupancy in the hotels owned by HPTDC.

punjab Updated: Apr 27, 2014 11:57 IST
HT Correspondent

The present parliamentary elections have been adversely affecting the inflow of tourists to Manali and other parts of Kullu Valley. According to Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) sources, even in the last week of April, there wasn’t more than 40 per cent occupancy in the hotels owned by HPTDC.


Usually, the month of April is considered to be the advent of tourist season in Manali, Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj and other hill stations of North India, when the tourists make a beeline for these places to spend their vacations.

The hotels, including those owned by HPTDC, do a brisk business during this period.

However, an HPTDC official said the parliamentary elections were responsible for the poor influx of tourists.

“We have just 30% to 40% occupancy due to the parliamentary elections. These days most of the tourists visiting Manali are from places like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and other south Indian states,” said Sunil Sharma from Holiday Inn, Prini, a leading chain of hotels.

Sharma added that inadequate number of flights between Delhi and Kullu, and dilapidated condition of Chandigarh-Manali NH-21 between Swarghat and Bilaspur too resulted in the poor inflow of tourists to Manali.