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Tourist inflow in Jaipur takes a fall as the cases of seasonal illnesses increase


The tourist inflow was beginning to take a rise in the Jaipur city and the state of Rajasthan and the same was put to a halt by the abrupt rise in temperature in the city due to the extreme rays of the sun. A heated weather prevailing over the skies of the city, this heat is coupled with the rise in the number of cases of Dengue and Chikungunya and has drastically reduced the number of tourists visiting the city.

Tourist inflow into the Pink City: The graph of rise and fall

However, all this being said, it has also been found out that this year has experienced a higher turnover of travellers and tourists into the city in comparison to the last year, 2015. The hike in the tourist turnover in the city has been recorded at 15 – 20 per cent in comparison to last year data.
The hike could have reached a good number but this was slowed down by the changing weather and the diseases that are spreading at a fast pace due to this change in the weather.

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Tourists come medically prepared into Jaipur or cancel their reservations made and don’t come down:

Sources have reported that the tourists visiting the city have pre-decided plans to travel. This lets them come down to the city to have a royal experience of tourism; however the tourists are highly skeptical about the existing weather and the disease filled air in the city.
Majority of the tourists are prepping themselves up to save themselves from the harmful touch and bite of the mosquitoes. Tourists, who had made bookings for hotels for the month of September 2016, are going ahead and cancelling the reservations made into the hotels to be cautious and play safe with their travelling experience.

Cancellation of reservations and reduced tourist inflow to affect the Jaipur trade market:

All this becoming familiar and the tourists not coming down to the Pink City and cancelling their travel and booking plans is said to have a tremendous effect on the upcoming festive season of Diwali where the revenue expected and forecasted will take a serious drop in the markets of the city.

Other reasons that have been seen to have reduced the tourists’ inflow in the Jaipur city are:

  • Children have examinations in their schools and colleges as October-November is the time period of the year when semesters end and half-yearly examinations are organised by the teaching staff and institutions.
  • The tourist season strikes the most when the festive season of Diwali instigates. This is the month of October this year as Diwali is scheduled this year in the end of the month of October.
  • The Pitra Pakshya also known as the पितृपक्ष (16 days of shraddhas) will prevail in the month of September which does not promote the purchase of new things, new and vibrant patterns and variety in the market etc.

Dengue cases taking a toll in the city:

In the past one week in the month of September, reports of Dengue and its cases have been reported in a large number. This has resulted in numerous cancellations for travel plans to the city and hotel reservations made in the city by the tourists. 10-15 per cent of the bookings and reservations made for the month of October have already been cancelled. The effect of these cancellations will also be seen in the 9 auspicious days of Navratra which will commence after the 16 days of the पितृपक्ष end.

- Devendra Singh Rathore, Tourists Guide Association Guide, Jaipur

 


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