Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], June 3 (ANI): Before the cabinet meeting, tourism industry stakeholders meet Thursday in the capital city, Shimla, to draw the attention of the state government to the dire condition of the tourism industry in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Industry stakeholders, including hoteliers, taxi operators, travel agents, adventure tourism operations and others, met to discuss and plan their government demands.
Speaking about the main credit problem facing the industry, Pratap Chauhan, owner of an adventure complex in Hatu Peak, said: “My business has been completely closed for almost the second year in a row. concern is to declare myself a non-asset that works because my unit is on credit. “
Calling for government intervention to facilitate the process of entering and registering electronic passages, Chauhan said “there are more than 3,000 hotels in the state and hundreds of people have lost their jobs. We ask the government to facilitate the entry process into the state so that tourists do not face problems and we can get enough tourism to run our business, while we are safe from Covid-19 ”.
A local travel agent, Vividh Sood, said: “We expected things to improve earlier this year, but with the second wave of the pandemic, we have no job left and no money to pay our employees. We are looking to resubmit to government assistance in any way. “
Noting that only 1% of the largest hotels are functional in the state, Neeraj Gupta, a hotelier, said: “The summer season is our main period of earnings and, with the second wave, we are not has earned nothing during the period as well.We had taken out loans to pay salaries last year but this year we are even left with nothing.We demand that the state government take on this issue with the central government so that the banks can pay us interests. “Carriers and taxi operators of the The state said that more than 4 lakh related to the tourism industry are now unemployed.
Bharat Kumar Upadhayay, a taxi operator, said: “The transport and taxi business is completely dependent on the tourism business. We have no job if there is no tourism business. We are forced to pay taxes for vehicles that have not been in the road therefore. We demand that the government help us in any way, as there is no hope for any more business. ” (ANI)