Published on : Saturday, April 17, 2021
The alarming increase of Covid-19 cases in the Taj city Agra, has hit the tourism industry hard which was only starting to limp back to normalcy in January and February.
The number of visitors to the Taj Mahal and other monuments has dropped to a bare minimum. The sudden slump in arrivals has affected travel agencies, photographers, guides and other tourism service providers. The tourism complex is deserted and the hotel occupancy rate has dropped below 50 per cent. The restrictions on marriages and mass gatherings for functions have also hit the hotels harshly.
Due to suspension of international flights, the inflow of foreign tourists is negligible. Bookings stand canceled as tourists are petrified of traveling to Agra.
Many cafes in Agra have pulled their shutters down two days ago with zero guests and increasing losses. Night curfew has further restricted movement of visitors to the city. The government needs to announce tax rebates to rescue the industry out of crisis, said Surendra Sharma, founder president of the Agra Hotels and Restaurants Association.
A new strain of the virus has seemingly hit the city, and private nursing homes have been asked to admit patients at rates fixed by the government.
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