Express news service
CHENNAI: The travel and hospitality industry, which was on the road to recovery, has been affected by the latest travel restrictions and curfews imposed in the state due to the increase in Covid cases -19. Since the restrictions were announced, many hotels, resorts and travel agencies have faced heavy cancellations for January.
People in the industry told TNIE that business was good in December, but suddenly suffered huge losses due to the cancellations. Even weddings, conferences and meetings are called off, they said.
Shafee Ahmed, general manager of E Hotel Express Avenue, said cancellations have been huge, especially for weddings, training programs and conferences. He added that there was a 30% drop in activity, with people also hesitant to book rooms in advance due to uncertainty. Weddings spanning two to three days are now reduced to a single day, as only 100 people are allowed to attend functions.
Shabin Sarvotham, Senior General Manager of Radission Blu Resort Temple Bay on East Coast Road (ECR), Mahabalipuram said: “There were a lot of cancellations even 24 hours before the lockdown was announced. We lost reservations that were scheduled for the next two weeks, amounting to thousands of rupees. “
“Normally, bookings for weekends will be closed at the start of the week itself. But it’s Friday today, and we still have rooms open for Saturday and even Sunday because there were hardly any reservations, ”Shabin said.
Rajkumar Raman, General Manager of the Carlton Hotel in Kodaikanal, said: “There are some cancellations. But as the majority crowd from Kodaikanal come on weekends, we have to wait and see the next weekends as the full lockdown was only announced for this Sunday (January 9). Pongal reservations have not yet been canceled.
According to Sriharan Balan, managing director of Chennai-based Madurai Travels, however, there are also people planning trips now believing that Covid cases could increase further. With flight prices also falling, vaccinated young people travel with confidence, he added.
Balan said travel bookings to places like Goa, Kerala, Coorg and Kabini in Karnataka were being canceled, even though the destinations were in high demand over Christmas and New Years. Bookings for Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh is in full swing due to winter, he added.