Snowfall in Himachal attracts tourists to Shimla-Manali, boosts tourism business by 30%

Snowfall in Himachal attracts tourists to Shimla-Manali, boosts tourism business by 30%

Shimla: Himachal tourism business has come to a standstill after a stagnant, snowfall for about eight months. The snowfall has attracted a large number of tourists to Himachal. The highest number of tourists are going to Shimla and Manali. Nowadays a large number of tourists are reaching Manali and Solang Nala including Shimla Kufri and Narkanda. Hotel occupancy has increased by about 30 percent. Now, not only during the weekly holidays, but also during the week, the tourist places are crowded with tourists.

Occupancy used to be 20 per cent on normal days and 50 per cent on weekends, now it is 40 to 50 per cent on other days of the week. Snowfall in the coming days will further boost the tourism business. Ashwani Bamba, state president of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations, said occupancy in hotels in Shimla and Manali had increased by about 30 per cent since the snowfall. Sanjay Sood, president of the Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association, said Shimla has 40 to 50 per cent occupancy not only on weekends, but throughout the week. Manali Hotel Association President Anup Tagore said that after the snowfall, the occupancy of Manali Hotel has reached 40 percent.

70% seat pack on Holiday Special Express
Occupancy has increased by more than 70 per cent after the snowfall on the Holiday Special Express train launched by the Railways on the Kalka-Shimla Heritage Track. Earlier, special trains occupied about 50 percent. Prince Sethi, superintendent of Shimla railway station, said the number of passengers on special trains has increased as compared to the past.

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