The Covid pandemic has made the tourism businesses dormant and most of the economic recovery has been stalled. With the upcoming third wave and slow vaccination, the tourists are still avoiding taking any vacation.
Also, the overcrowding of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand last month has made the state governments revise their Covid guidelines and asked the tourists not to visit the hills. So, there is a lot of interest among people to travel but with a danger of spreading Covid infection.
To promote safe tourism, the state governments have been told by the central government of India that all people involved in tourism businesses should get vaccinated. This means the vaccination for tour operators, hotel staff, taxi drivers, and tour guides should get vaccinated.
According to the central government officials, the vaccinated people will help create more confidence among the tourists to travel safely without any concern for serious symptoms of Covid.
On the other hand, the tourists are also given strict guidelines to travel. For example, some states have asked tourists to show a vaccination certification and some other states have made the Covid test a mandatory condition for the tourists before traveling.
According to the health experts, there is a possibility that the third wave will not be as serious as the second wave of Covid in India. If that is the case, then the upcoming tourist season will most likely be good for tourism businesses.
The reason for this is that the last month, popular destinations such as Manali, Shimla, and Dharamshala saw a huge increase in the number of visiting tourists. This means that people are willing to travel if the conditions are good and if it is relatively safer to travel.