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Cauvery Riots lead to decline in Tourism

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By Mohitjeet Singh Virk

Bangalore, Oct 6:Hotels across Bangalore and Mysore have recorded 25-30% decline in business this Dasara season because of the Cauvery protest.

Hotel Associations have introduced special offers for the residents of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to lure them into visiting the state during the festive season. Joint Secretary Mysore Hotel Association, Mr. Krihsnaraj Theinthri, said “A lot of people are cancelling their reservations because of the ongoing tensions. Vehicle with Tamil Nadu registration plates were not being allowed to enter the state for security reason till yesterday. We are providing 30% discount to residents of Tamil Nadu and Kerela to improve business. They just have to show an address proof.”

Secretary Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association Mr. P.C. Rao said “ The business is bad this year. Dasara season is important for us as we get good business this time of the year. But this time the bookings have gone down around 25 percent because of the violence caused by the Cauvery issue.

Even though there has been no decline in the local tourism, inter-state tourism has been affected considerably, especially people visiting from Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Dpt. Chief Traffic Manager KSRTC Mr. Vishawanath ,said “We have introduced 1500 extra buses to cater to tourists during the Dasara season. 900 buses are being operated between Bangalore and Mysore every day. We haven’t observed any decline in passenger, it’s almost the same as previous years.”

However the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Information Assistant Mr Sharan said “We’ve has seen around 15% decline in tourism this year. Most people from Tamil Nadu have cancelled their reservations as they feel unsafe to visit the state.”  

The NRI population hasn’t been deterred by the riots and is visiting their hometowns without hesitation. Executive Expat Express Travels which is owned by a foreign national hasn’t seen any decline in business and NRIs from across the globe are visiting the state during Dasara to see the festivities, a sales executive confirmed. The decline in tourism has been mostly due to violence against outsiders especially people from Tamil Nadu.

 

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