As protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 continue across the country, the footfall of tourists has decreased in this festive winter season especially in the Northeast.
Due to the situation of unrest in the country, India has been deemed as an unsafe tourism destination at an international level.
However, the tourism industry of the Northeast has been particularly affected as tourists, who usually flock to the region during the advent of the winter season, were seen to be much less with the ongoing agitation against CAA.
The US and UK have recently issued advisories to their citizens with precautions while travelling in Northeast India, which is a marred by protests and ‘incidents of violence’.
Moreover, many domestic tourists are also now looking for options to travel to overseas destinations with the advent of Christmas and New Year.
Stakeholders of the tourism industry is skeptical that the ongoing protests against CAA would hit the industry badly as there had not been a significant rise in the number of visitors earlier this year.
Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah had earlier said that state tourism industry has lost revenue collection of Rs 400 crore due to the ongoing protests against CAA.
“In 2018, the state tourism department had collected Rs 1,200-1,500 crore revenue and around 30 per cent collected alone in the month of December. In this month, we had collected around Rs 300 to 400 crore till now,” he added.