Why is India’s tourism industry struggling?
India’s travel advisory service is predicting that tourism in India will fall by half by 2020, a year earlier than forecast by the government, as the country tries to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
In the coming years, the advisory says, the industry will likely face a drop of between 25 percent and 50 percent.
The decline is expected to be slower in the tourism-dependent eastern states, such as Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but faster in the more urbanised states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as well as the eastern state of Assam.
India has suffered more than 10 million cases of the coronivirus since it was first identified in March.
But the government is struggling to control the outbreak and has not issued a nationwide travel ban or an international travel advisory for the country.
Travel advisory firm Travel Insights India has warned that the current situation in India is likely to deteriorate in the coming months, as it is unlikely that the government can halt the spread of the virus in the country in time for the 2020 holiday season.
The advisory said that India is still a key destination for many people visiting the country and that the country’s tourism and business sectors are dependent on it.
In addition, the travel industry has a strong capacity to cope with a drop in demand, especially for holiday travel, said the report, titled ‘Cancelling the Pandemic: The Future of Tourism in India’.
India has had a long-term trend of increasing tourism in recent years, especially with the pandemic in the past.
However, the decline in demand is likely due to the government’s inability to control coronaviruses.
According to the report’s estimates, the country will experience a decrease of between 15 percent and 25 percent in the total number of people visiting India, from 2.4 million to 2.2 million.
The total number will decline by about 1 million from 2 million to 1.9 million.
Travel experts predict that tourism will decline in the next 12 months, and that this could lead to a reduction in revenue for the government.
The number of tourists will be lower than the number of residents in the cities, and the decline will be slower and more gradual in the less developed areas, which are less dependent on tourism, said Mr Rajesh Kumar, chairman of the advisory firm.
Mr Kumar added that it is unclear whether the government will be able to stop the spread or curtail it in time.
“There is a chance that it will be possible to prevent the spread and limit the spread, but I don’t think that it’s going to be possible,” he said.
“We have no evidence that it would be possible.”