Monday, 26 November 2012

1.5 lakh weddings in 3 days cheer hoteliers in Manali

Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: After three months of slowdown in tourism industry of Manali, over 1.5 lakh weddings in country only in three days have brought cheer to hoteliers who are getting good bookings for honeymoon tours for next month.
Planetary positions being perfect for auspicious marriages from Saturday to Monday, Delhi alone is hosting over 25 thousand marriages. According to sources, about 10 lakh couples from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, UP, Rajasthan and Gujarat have tied knots in November and a large part of them is expected to visitManali for their honeymoon in December. Most of the office goers plan their honeymoon during Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Hoteliers are confident that all 20,018 rooms of 610 registered hotels would remain fully occupied for two weeks after December 20. According to them, nearly 300 couples are visiting Manali everyday and the number is increasing regularly. Though number of newlyweds visiting Manali in November is nearly 50% less than the last year but thousands of inquiries are pouring in for December.
Hoteliers are all set to woo the honeymooners with attractive offers and discounts. Besides advertisements, discounts up to 50% and many free services are being offered to attract more and more newlyweds. Marketing manager of hotel Chander Palace, Ankush Bhardwaj, said thousands of marriages are going to pay off in December as inquiries have gone up by 50%. “We are expecting full occupancy after December 20,” he said.
Ravi Thakur, owner of The Manali Lodge, said all the inquiries he gets are for honeymoon tours and most of the customers are from Delhi. “This time Kashmir is our competitor but marriages too are more than that in last years’. No doubt honeymoonseason would heal our wounds that we had in three months.”
According to travel agents, frequent snowfall in Manali is doing wonders on honeymooners who want to make their tour even romantic with fresh snow. “Honeymooners are asking for status of snowfall in Kashmir, Manali and Shimla. They ask for possibility of snowfall during their visit and most of them want to visit the hill station where possibilities are maximum,” a travel agent, Vicky Ahuja, said.
Meanwhile, hotels in Manali are preparing for bonfires, couple games and discos to entertain the expected honeymooners. Manali police are also preparing to tackle the increased traffic during Christmas and New Year week.

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