Uttarakhand is Headed for a Gradual Road to Recovery

One of the worst hit industries due to the pandemic is tourism
The Panchchuli Peaks of the Great Himalayas as seen from Munsiyari in Uttarakhand
The Panchchuli Peaks of the Great Himalayas as seen from Munsiyari in Uttarakhand

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has left a long-lasting impact on all sectors. However, one of the worst affected is the tourism and hospitality industry. Even though the road to recovery is a long and hard one, various stakeholders have begun efforts in order to revive the sector.

In an attempt to boost and revive its tourism sector, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board has come up with some guidelines which are being issued in accordance with the pandemic.

&ldquoUTDB has been coming up with several schemes during the revival period to support various sectors in the tourism industry,&rdquo said Dilip Jawalkar, Secretary, Uttarakhand Tourism. 

In a bid to revive the industry, regulations have been eased for visitors coming to Uttarakhand. Movement restrictions for travellers with a mandatory COVID-19 negative test report have been removed. Such travellers will now be allowed to enter the state and stay in a hotel for as many days as they wish. 

The tourism board is also planning to deploy tourist facilitation counters at all important state borders and provide on-the-spot COVID-19 testing facilities to visitors who do not have the COVID-19 negative test reports. 

&ldquoIt is our collective efforts at UTDB to constantly be in touch with all the stakeholders and to thoughtfully and mutually come up with apt guidelines, in order to support the industries at every step during these difficult times,&rdquo said Jawalkar.

Recently, an online meeting to discuss effective steps for the revival of adventure tourism was held with stakeholders.

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