The expectations of tourism stakeholders are high due to the proposed visit of Prime Minister NarendraModi to Mandi on December 27.
The stakeholders in Mandi, Kullu and LahaulSpiti districts are hopeful that the PM will announce a financial package for the Covid-hit tourism industry. The poor air connectivity is the main issue, which is posing an obstacle to attract high-end tourists to Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti.
They are optimistic that during his visit, Modi will announce that the air connectivity will be strengthened at the Bhuntar airport in Kullu and the expansion work of the airstrip would becarried on.
NakulKhullar, MD of Baragarh Resort, Manali, said, “Our expectations are high from the proposed visit of the Prime Minister. We are expecting that the PM will announce a 42-seater aircraft for Bhuntar airport to attract the high-end tourists. The frequency of flights will be enhanced from Delhi and Chandigarh so that the airfare on the route is reduced.”
After the opening of Atal Tunnel, tourism stakeholders of the Lahaul valley are urging the state and Central government to provide suitable infrastructure for winter tourism promotion in the valley.
TashiBarongpa, secretary of the Hoteliers’ Association, Lahaul, said “The valley has vast potential for skiing. There is need to provide skiing lifts to reach slopes. We are hopeful that the PM will do something.”
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