Most foreign destinations are banned, but the Maldives and Dubai are exceptions

Omicron’s fear appears to have had little impact on travel plans except that most foreign destinations are banned due to COVID-related restrictions. The domestic tourism scene is booming.

Vijeth R., a technician in the city, said his family had planned a vacation at Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan for New Years Eve. “We haven’t been anywhere for the past two years and have planned this vacation. Now, again, there is the fear of a possible third wave. But since we would be in a chalet inside the national park, we still decided to go ahead, ”he said.

Sanjar Imam, chairman of the Karnataka Tourism Forum, said Rajasthan, Goa and Jammu and Kashmir have emerged as the top national destinations for out-of-state tourists. While most international destinations are banned, the Maldives and Dubai are two destinations that attract tourists and are doing well, he said.

“As international travel is almost wiped out, we have reached pre-pandemic traffic volumes during the year-end season. However, that was not the case even a few weeks before this season and we expect it to drop again after the first week of January, ”he said.

“We observed a drop in bookings and several cancellations in November last week and the first week of December in the early days of the Omicron alert. However, after realizing that the infection is not serious and the number of cases in the country is not on the rise, people are traveling, although many prefer to stay in isolated places like cabins. independent, ”he added.

The state’s hospitality industry also does well during the season. “Almost every real resort and hotel in the state is full and you can’t get a room now. All major destinations – Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Kabini, Sakleshpur, Hampi – are all booked, ”said Mr. Ravi, of the Karnataka Tourism Society.

Sindhu Rupesh, director of the tourism department, said the response has been good this year, evident in how all of the Jungle Lodges and Resorts and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation hotels are fully booked.

However, state government guidelines banning New Years Eve parties / events may result in cancellations at resorts across the state, there is now concern. “DJs and New Years parties are an integral part of the season. If there are no parties, guests will be forced to stay indoors, which they can do at home anyway. We are concerned that this will lead to several cancellations disrupting a good season. Many are heading to Goa as the resorts and hotels there have confirmed that parties will be part of the celebrations, ”Ravi said.