Published On: Sun, Dec 27th, 2015

Inbound tourism may register upto 10% jump this Christmas-New Year holiday season: Survey

tajNew Delhi: Inbound tourism is likely to register an increase of up to 10 per cent during this Christmas-New Year holiday season as travellers plan to refrain from going overseas in wake of recent terror attacks in most sought after global tourist destinations of Bangkok and Paris, according to a just-concluded survey by apex industry body ASSOCHAM.

“Tourist hotspots in northern, central India and in majority of the coastal belt are expected to see influx of about 15 lakh domestic and foreign tourists as they find it both cheap and safe,” noted a survey-cum-analysis on ‘Year-end tourism trends in India: 2015,’ conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) under the aegis of its Social Development Foundation.

“Tourism, which is the mainstay of the economy in Andaman and Nicobar, and in states like Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh together with the states in the north-east are likely to do brisk business and attract tourists in large numbers,” said Mr D.S. Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM while releasing the findings of the chamber’s sector specific survey-cum-analysis.

“Though terrorist attacks can occur anywhere, but certain latest cases are likely to significantly impact outbound tourism in a negative way and this trend is expected to revive the domestic tourism sector which has been facing a lull due to growing inflation, rising airfares, high hotel room rates, fluctuations in the value of rupee against foreign currencies and other related factors,” said Mr Rawat.

“It is also likely to boost foreign exchange earnings,” he added.

The ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation had interacted with about 500 travel enthusiasts (working professionals) in the age group of about 25-60 years in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune in past 4 weeks.

Majority of these respondents (about 60 per cent) said they have planned to go on a vacation this year-end.

Over half of these said they plan to visit northern tourist destinations of taj and others as certain parts of southern India have recently been hit by unprecedented rains, highlighted the ASSOCHAM survey.

Of the remaining, many said they plan to visit Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Portblair and other locations for their vacations.

Only handful (8-10 per cent) respondents said they plan to go abroad for vacations to Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Singapore and other such affordable and ‘safe’ destinations.

Representatives of the ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation had also spoken to various tour operators in said cities, many of whom informed they are receiving tourist bookings in good numbers for aforementioned states and hope to rake in big moolah during this end-of-the-year holiday season.

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