Allow restricted entry of tourists, hoteliers urge Himachal govt

Allow restricted entry of tourists, hoteliers urge Himachal govt

The Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association has urged the government to allow restricted entry to tourists with confirmed hotel reservation into the state for hotels which have adopted the guidelines issued by the government. - File photo

Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 28

The Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association has urged the government to allow restricted entry to tourists with confirmed hotel reservation into the state for hotels which have adopted the guidelines issued by the government.

Over 100 hoteliers, restaurant owners and others associated with the hospitality sector attended a two-day awareness and training workshop for Covid-19 preparedness held here. “We urge the government to allow hotels that have adopted the standard operating procedures and are fully prepared to offer safe and hygienic accommodation to tourists,” they demanded.

“The tourism industry is looking forward to the reopening of state borders for tourists. There are many tourists who want to come to Shimla and other places for a change,” said association adviser Anil Walia.

Association president MK Seth said the opening up of the border would help bring occupancy up to 30 per cent. “The government, in the first unlock phase, has allowed opening of hotels for local guests. However in the second phase of unlocking, nod should be given to allow tourists from other states,” said Seth. They said only tourists from those cities could be banned where pandemic was at its worst.

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