Shimla, Mar 7
The Commissioning of all weather Atal Tunnel Rohtang has proved to be a boon for the hospitality industry as far-flung Lahaul Spiti district beat Raj day tourist town Shimla and district witnessing sudden increase in the footfall of tourists.
This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur who also hold the portfolio of tourism while tabling the Economic Survey-21-22 in the state assembly on the Thursday, last week (Mar 3). CM on the same day had stated in the Survey that Tourism sectors which has the main stakes of the hill economy after agriculture and horticulture registered a total 5637102 footfall of tourist in year 2021 which include 5632270 domestic and 4832 foreign tourists.
The footfall of tourists witnessed sudden leap upto 960952 tourists in Lahaul Spiti district viz.aviz the Raj Day down tourist destination Shimla received only 952617 tourists arrival. The CM said that Kullu dominated with footfall of tourists 164758. Kangra witnessed arrival of 236952 tourists, Mandi- 397978, Kinnuar 60070, Bilaspur 253510 Chamba 221888, Hamirpur 60124 Sirmaur 400962, Solan 382640 and Una 61828. State registered 4832 foreign tourists including 2701 in Kangra district, 892 in Shimla and 420 in Lahaul Spiti. Lahaul Spiti district which was landlocked for the five to six-month in the years recorded sudden surge in the footfall of tourists after commissioning of Atal tunnel, he added.