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Holiday during Games proves a boon for tourism sector

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NEW DELHI: Even as Commonwealth Games continue to raise eyebrows everywhere, one sector that will definitely not complaining is tourism.

According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), tourist hot-spots of North India are booked for the first half of October.

People of Delhi and the National Capital Region, where holidays have been announced for schools, colleges and even in some corporate offices during the upcoming Games, will be headed towards neighbouring Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and parts of Jammu and Punjab for “leisure tourism”.

The ASSOCHAM said increase in tourists to these places would help growth of medical tourism, contributing a good deal of revenue to respective States.

ASSOCHAM Secretary-General D. S. Rawat said luxury and star-rated hotels in places like Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Kasauli, Nainital, Kashipur, Jim Corbett National Park, Mussoorie, Dehra Dun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Auli, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Pushkar and Jaisalmer are “already booked” and there was “hardly any space” left for those planning to go out during the Commonwealth Games.

The source of this information for ASSOCHAM, according to Mr. Rawat, are leading tour-operators in and around Delhi who have offered lucrative tour-packages and have taken good advantage of the situation. Information was also received from Indian Association of Tour Operators and Hotel Association of India who shared details of hotel bookings during the period.

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