Election shadow over hotel bookings in Holi as owners and tour operators worry about cancellations | Calcutta News

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Calcutta: Elections in Bengal, which are due to start on March 27, a day before Dol, are likely to be a spoiler for the tourism industry, especially in places like Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram and East Midnapur, which attract a large number of visitors during the Festival of Colors.
According to hoteliers and tour operators in Bengal, several reservations have already been canceled and local cops have informed them of the requisition of tourist vehicles for goal.
A team of tour operators and travel agents even submitted a memorandum on Wednesday highlighting the problem to the state electoral commission office, pleading before the commission to consider changing the first election date of March 27 and to spare tourist vehicles from electoral work.
“The pandemic had hit the tourism industry hard and we relied heavily on Dol Utsav and Holi to serve the tourists who flock to Purulia, Bankura and the Jhargram belt during this time of year. The election will hamper tourism in this region. The Lakhs have already booked hotels and the whole industry will lose business, ”said Nilanjan Basu, secretary of the Bengal Travel Agents Association.
Tourists who had been planning a Holi trip for months say they had no choice but to cancel reservations because they didn’t want to bother. “We had planned to switch Holi to Jhargram. But with the announcement of the election dates, I don’t want to take any risks, ”said technician Soumya Mukherjee.
The same goes for Somnath Debnath, resident of Bandel. “We had booked a resort at Garpanchakot in Purulia for March 26, 27 and 28. But the election date ruined our plan and we canceled it,” Debnath said. Hoteliers say they allowed guests – those who paid most of the booking money – to reschedule their stay.


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