Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) [India], August 7 (ANI): Tourism in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district, hit hard by the pandemic, has been further impacted by heavy rains that have caused landslides, said District Tourism Officer (DTO), Sunaina Sharma, on Friday.
"COVID-19 is a key reason why the tourism sector has been affected adversely ever since it started in March 2020. When you talk about Kangra, there are stations like Beed, Dharamshala with a lot of foreign tourist visitors. But COVID hit that as well," said the District Tourism Officer.
"The incidents due to heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh have also affected tourism. Traditionally, the rainy season leads to less tourism here but the impact this time around has been massive. Our tourism had picked up after Covid-19 but incidents of road cave-ins and landslides once again brought it down," Sharma further said.
Talking about the steep decline in tourist footfall, she said: "Earlier in June, after COVID restrictions were relaxed, tourism picked up quite well. The occupancy had reached 90 percent in tourism units. Till July 10-11, it stayed the same. But due to weather changes reduced our occupancy to less than 10 percent. In spite of weekend tourists and business visits picking up, occupancy still is within 10-15 percent."
Recently on August 4, Nahan-Kumarhatti road on National Highway 907 in Himachal Pradesh was closed due to a massive landslide.
On August 1, the State Disaster Management Authority had said that the state had suffered a loss worth 632 crores due to landslides, rains, and cloudbursts. (ANI)
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