Tourist attendance increases in Mysuru despite the discreet Dasara

The Naada Habba Dasara may be a low-key event given the pandemic, but tourism industry players are optimistic that their financial and economic situation will improve.

Because, notwithstanding the government’s decision to reduce this year’s festival, the hotel industry is witnessing an increase in accommodation bookings. In the city of Mysury alone, which has around 180-200 hotels, the occupancy rate is 60% from October 10 to 15. are reserved, which is an encouraging sign, according to C. Narayana Gowda of the Mysuru Hotel Owners Association.

He said this was almost equal to bookings that took place during the pre-pandemic period and in case the third wave is avoided, they are optimistic about better fortunes by December 2021.

“As the Dasara is a low-key event this year, few tourists come to attend the festival. But as it also coincides with their vacation, people have started to make reservations and this is mainly fueled by tourists from Karanataka, ” he added.

Before the pandemic, tourists from Kerala and Tamil Nadu made up almost 50% of the traffic, but this time people from other parts of Karnataka are exploring the state, boosting the tourism sector.

There is a general perception among stakeholders that the peak tourist season in Mysuru, which coincides with Dasara every year, is expected to start by the second week of October. The feeling of optimism was also reinforced by the increased coverage of the vaccinated segment.

Devaraj, a guide at the Somnathpur temple, said things were improving with a steady increase in the number of tourists visiting the monuments. “There are 6 licensed guides active in Somnathpur and we take turns working every other day. The scenario is definitely better than it was at the same stage last year and things should improve by November / December, ” he added.

However, among a part of the tourists, there are concerns about the free interaction with the guides due to the pandemic and, as a result, some of them avoided hiring them, according to Devaraj. Meanwhile, bookings for rented taxis have also increased, indicating traction in the travel industry.

Tourism is an important generator of income and employment in the Mysuru region. The sector provides direct jobs to nearly 80,000 people according to various estimates in addition to triggering ancillary jobs. Tourist traffic to Mysuru in the pre-pandemic era had peaked at around 3.5 million per year and stakeholders believe that although attendance has increased, it is unlikely to exceed these figures before the middle or end of next year.

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