Despite surge in COVID cases, people are flocking to tourist spots in Vizag district
Despite the increase in COVID-19 cases in many states, domestic tourists have continued to flock to local tourist spots in the district. Almost all of the city’s tourist and private hotels and Agency areas are fully booked until the end of the vacation in Sankranti.
“As there are no restrictions announced by the state government so far, reservations are being accepted. Until January 18, almost all rooms, especially in the Araku circuit, including Ananthagiri and Tyada, were 100% booked, ”said an official from Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) Visakhapatnam.
He specifies that these reservations were made in December 2021 or even before. COVID-19 cases have started to increase in the past week. “All the tourist spots like Borra Caves, Katika Waterfalls, Padmapuran Gardens, Tribal Museum, Kothapalle Waterfalls, Chaparai and Lambasingi attract national tourists in droves and hundreds of tourists throng to the hills of Vanjangi every weekend, ”he says.
The organized trips offered by APTDC to Araku, Vizag town (local) for sightseeing, Lambasingi and others are also well received by domestic tourists. Even Kailasagiri, VUDA Park, Beach Road Museums, Indira Gandhi Zoolocal Park (IGZP), Kambalakonda and local beaches are open and receive large numbers of tourists. APTDC officials say there is good attendance from West Bengal followed by Odisha, Telangana, Chattisgarh and a few tourists from Karnataka. Many people working with IT companies who have been given work from home due to the pandemic have passed for days.
“We have been receiving tourists since the end of October 2021 and the numbers have increased since December due to the holiday season and lower temperatures. The situation could continue until the first week of March, if COVID-19 related restrictions such as nighttime curfews and closure of tourist spots are not enforced, ”APTDC officials said.
However, a few private tour operators are expressing fears of a further increase in cases and possible government restrictions, which could again affect their livelihoods for the third year in a row.