Uttarakhand: Covid shadow over hotel bookings again | Dehradun News

ALMORA / MUSSOORIE: As 2021 draws to a close, hotels and host families in the Kumaon Hills are selling out quickly. According to hoteliers, hotels have already registered 90% of bookings for the period from December 25 to January 1, 2022, in Mukteshwar and Ranikhet.
Likewise, around 75-80% of hotel rooms have been reserved for the next holiday season in Nainital and Almora.
Neelakshay Pandey, owner of the Ojaswi Himalayan Resort in Mukteshwar, told TOI: “We have a full house for the last week of December. Other hotels in the city are also registering bookings in large numbers.
Almora District Tourism Manager Rahul Choubey said: “According to the information we have received, most hotels in the mountainous town are already 80% booked for the week ending January 2, 2022. ”
Early bookings have also increased at Mussoorie. “November has been a very good month for tourism and things are also improving for December, as bookings seem encouraging. New Year’s weekend bookings are also increasing, ”said Sanjay Aggarwal, secretary of the Mussoorie Hotels Association.
However, the recent rise in Covid infections in Uttarakhand and the threat of the Omicron variant have raised concerns among hoteliers. “The death of an elderly man from Covid-related illnesses at Nainital on Monday sparked panic once again. The area near Sherwood College has been turned into a mini containment zone. If cases continue to rise, our reservations will be canceled. We desperately need a good tourist season after two years of lull due to the pandemic, “said Mohan Rayal, owner of a seaside resort near the Kasar Devi temple in Almora.
Meanwhile, Ved Sah, secretary of the Nainital Hotel Association, said: “The increase in Covid-19 cases is certainly a concern. We hope that the pandemic situation remains under control and that the State records good tourist attendance. Hotel owners are ready to welcome owners in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. ”
In the same vein, Sanjay Aggarwal said: “Tourism has not been affected so far. However, hoteliers follow all protocols. ”
Speaking on the matter, Sandeep Sahni, President of the Uttarakhand Hotel Association, said: “Hoteliers are a little nervous due to the sudden emergence of this new variant just before the peak Christmas and New Years season. Having said that, there has been no impact on tourism so far.

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