Assam Tourism Department in Kaziranga recorded a marginal increase in tourists flow in 2017-18.
According to the information, this tourist season (2017-18), has recorded a total of 1,77,431 number of tourists including international tourists. In the season, a total of 1,69,112 Indian tourists and 8319 foreign tourists visited the park. (Till April 24, 2018). In December, 2017 under current tourist season, about 44,298 Indian tourists and 1140 foreign tourists arrived Kaziranga National Park.
Similarly in January 2018, 35,426 Indian and 1117 foreign tourists visited Kaziranga National Park.
The total revenue earned by Kaziranga National Park authority was Rs 5,28,19,207.00 till April 24, 2018. But in the last tourist season, the revenue earned by the Park was Rs 5,40,79,929.00 in which the tourist season continued till May 15, 2017.
There was a decrease of Rs 12,60,722.00 compared to the last tourist season revenue. But forest sources claimed that since the jeep safari will continue in the month of May also, therefore the shortfall in the revenue amount would be made up. Already, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has assured the jeep safari delegation recently that the safari will continue till the end of May.
According to Bashav Bora, a Tourist Information Officer at Kaziranga, a proposal to convert the existing tourist bungalow named Bonani under Assam Tourism at Kaziranga into a Heritage Bungalow had been accepted by the NEC, The Assam Tribune reports.
Some section of tourists had earlier alleged that authority of Kaziranga National Park did not provide forest guards in their safari vehicles during their visit to park areas. But sources in Kaziranga Forest Department said that during the peak tourist season, it becomes difficult to provide forest guards in all vehicles due to lack of manpower.