Shimla : Himachal tourism business stalled for almost eight months, has started catching pace after snowfall. Snowfall has attracted tourist crowds in huge numbers towards Himachal. The maximum number of tourists are going to Shimla and Manali. A large number of tourists are reaching Manali and Solang Nala these days including Kufri and Narkanda of Shimla. The occupancy of hotels has increased by about 30 per cent. Now, not only on weekends, but tourist places are buzzing with tourists throughout the week.
Earlier, where occupancy was up to 20 per cent on normal days and up to 50 per cent on weekends, now occupancy is running 40 to 50 per cent on other days of the week. In the coming days, the snowfall will further boost the tourism business. State President of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations Ashwani Bamba says that occupancy in hotels in Shimla and Manali has increased by about 30 percent after the snowfall. The president of Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association, Sanjay Sood, says that Shimla has 40 to 50 percent occupancy throughout the week, not just on weekends. Anup Thakur, president of the Manali Hotel Association, says that occupancy in Manali hotels has reached 40 percent after the snowfall.
70% seats packed in Holiday Special Express
Occupancy has risen to more than 70 percent after snowfall in the Holiday Special Express train started by the Railways on the Kalka-Shimla Heritage track. Earlier, the occupancy of the special train was around 50 percent. Shimla Railway Station Superintendent Prince Sethi says that compared to the past, the number of passengers on special trains has increased.