dasara: Dasara crowds a big fillip for Mysuru hotel industry | Mysuru News – Times of India

MYSURU: Although the government has restricted celebrations, Dasara festivities in Mysuru district have come as a huge relief for the hotel industry, which has been reeling under losses ever since the pandemic struck 18 months ago.
Although visitors from the neighbouring states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu are fewer in number, a huge number of Bengalureans are checking into Mysuru to witness the celebrations. One reason for the rush is the fatigue over restrictions and lockdowns, while the long weekend has also helped. As a result, hotels have logged decent bookings until October 15.
There are about 10,000 hotel rooms in Mysuru and, as of Sunday, around 7,000 rooms were occupied, thanks to the huge inflow of visitors from across the state, especially Bengaluru.
“Around 70% of rooms are booked till October 15,” said Narayana Gowda, president, Mysuru Hotel Owners’ Association. “It has come as a massive relief for us. This time, most of our customers are from Bengaluru and many of them are staying overnight. This is helping the business recover. Restaurants are also witnessing good business.”
Figures suggest the number of tourists from Kerala and Tamil Nadu have declined by around 95%. “With strict rules still in force for visitors from Kerala, people from the state are staying away. So, we are not getting a good number of tourists,” said Gowda.
Stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry say a big attraction is the illumination of the city and they want the authorities to keep the lights on beyond Dasara.
While confirming that a majority of tourists are from Bengaluru, Prashanth BS, president, Federation of Mysuru Organisations, said: “This Dasara rush has shown that people are not afraid of Covid-19 any more. We need to utilize this Dasara to promote tourism in the district. The illumination is a major attraction. The district administration must continue with it beyond Dasara since people continue to arrive in Mysuru even after the festival.”

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