Hoteliers feel that the government’s indifference towards the travel industry, especially after the Corona pandemic, has hurt the stakeholders more. Giving tourism the status of ‘industry’ is an important election issue for hoteliers.
As soon as the name of Himachal Pradesh is mentioned, the beautiful tourist spots there flash in front of the eyes. Himachal’s coolness, clear and clean air, captivating valleys and folk culture attract everyone to itself. Currently, the Assembly elections are going on in full swing in this hill state. But still if you look at the famous tourist spots there are throngs of tourists and people associated with the tourism business are busy with their business. However there are many issues for the locals here.
Talking about the politics of Dharamshala and McLeodganj, the world famous tourist cities, many people here believe that they face many problems, mainly traffic jams, bad roads and poor connectivity, which make it difficult for the locals as well as the tourists. have to face. However, people in the travel and hospitality industry are increasingly interested in welcoming visitors during the latter stages of the tourist season rather than focusing on the development or future guarantees proposed by political leaders.
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If seen, the tourism industry in McLeodganj is recovering from the situation caused by the Kovid-19 pandemic but the lack of basic amenities like traffic jams, lack of parking space, bad roads are still there and the tourists also have to suffer. The ‘travel and tour’ operators say that theme parks and big hotels should be developed in and around the city to provide the best experience to tourists, which would attract tourists. Tour operators say that due to lack of attractions and poor air connectivity, Dharamshala has become an overnight stay. Tour operators feel that reducing the travel time between Dharamshala and McLeodganj from 45 minutes to five minutes by road will cost Rs. The rope-way project developed at a cost of 200 crores does not seem to be yielding the desired results. Its construction has not solved the traffic problem as many people do not travel along it due to high ticket rates. Although some concessions were announced but still one way fare is Rs.300 per ticket and return ticket is Rs.450. Apart from this, the lack of parking in Dharamshala also made the passengers coming from here suffer.
It is also worth noting that despite being on the international travel map because of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, McLeodganj has not received due attention as a major tourist destination. Not only this, the low influx of high-spending international tourists and tourists is also a cause of concern for those involved in the hotel industry. Hoteliers feel that the government’s indifference towards the travel industry, especially after the Corona pandemic, has hurt the stakeholders more. Giving tourism the status of ‘industry’ is an important election issue for hoteliers. Hoteliers say that the tourism sector in the state will support the party that will actually solve its problems and give it industry status.
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It may be mentioned that a total of six candidates, including three independents, are trying their luck from Dharamshala seat. The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Rakesh Chaudhary, while the Congress has fielded former minister Sudhir Sharma. Kulwant Singh Rana is contesting on Aam Aadmi Party ticket. Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled to be held on November 12 and the counting of votes will take place on December 8. While the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to retain power in the state, the Congress is eyeing to oust the BJP government.