Despite heavy snow, tourist number down by 15-20% in Himachal

SHIMLA-Despite heavy and timely snowfall, business for the smaller hotels in Himachal Pradesh was lacklustre this season. Tourist footfalls have been fewer than last year and an intense cold wave in the plains is thought to have dampened the spirit of travellers.Business is definitely sluggish and estimated to be lower by 15-20 per cent compared to last year.

The tourism industry in Himachal Pradesh is worth about Rs 5,000 crore and has a network of about 2,500 hotels and guest houses. Those who cater to niche markets have been less affected, but smaller entities registered lower volumes during Christmas and New Year this season. ~ Business Standard

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