Since the country was hit with the deadly coronavirus since March 2020, travelling became long drawn. Like a serious flu, coronavirus has seen to increase at a rapid rate. In the beginning it was thought this might remain for some span of time and will go away sooner. But it has been quite some time that the country and its men have been fighting against this menace.
Coronavirus has created a major turmoil and upsurge among the citizens. After it caused a crucial increment in the death rate, government declared a country wide lockdown. This did not just hit negatively to a particular section of the society but people started getting affected badly. Losses have been experienced since then in economy, psychological factors as well as physical factors. This ‘troublemaker’ created a devastating crisis in financial and social domains. Economy has started to shrink and the curve of loss is prominently observable.
Even the travel and tourism industry, could not be spared. Tourism, which is known to contribute 5.06% in India’s GDP, as per the statistics since 2016-17, has also been incurring huge losses since the global lockdown. Travel restrictions, due to safety and sanitisation have brought the entire tourism industry to a standstill and a decline which will take a lot of time to recover from the losses, especially in terms of leisure travelling.
Reeling under this impact of coronavirus, even the Kolkata scenario of tourism hadn’t being spared. The Kolkata travel, hospitality and tourism industry is also looking at huge losses, shutting down and even job cuts. According to the highlights of the conservative estimates, it has been observed that the travel industry has incurred a loss of over Rs 100 crore in overseas travelling in the past couple of weeks.
Due to this global lockdown, it was expected that there will be no foreign travelling. Thus travel agents planned to court the in-bound tourists and provide exciting offers for travelling to the hard-sell destinations. But it all came clashing down when covid positive cases started getting reported in Kolkata as well and not just foreign but even in-house travelling for the time being is put to hold.
However, it is being heard that the state government has planned to open five tourist spots in the first place that might actually act as a boon to this industry. One place in north and four locations in south Bengal are in the planning process. People can enjoy the slight feeling of relief and hopefulness with this knowledge that there had been several meetings that the government had had and it was decided that within the next couple of months few of the touristy spots will open. Sourcing from the latest news published in The Times of India, these places would be Diamond Harbour, Rangabitan in the district of Birbhum, Maithon, Tilabari and Bishnupur that is situated in Doars.