Tourism sector in Punjab lost 10L jobs due to Covid-19

There are around 5,000 registered hotels and 3,000 unregistered hotels in Punjab. 20-25 hotels have shuttered across the province, with 70% of employees losing their employment.

Tourism sector in Punjab lost 10L jobs due to Covid-19

According to a Ministry of Tourism report titled "India and the Coronavirus Pandemic: Economic Losses for Households Engaged in Tourism and Policies for Recovery," visitor footfall in India fell by as high as 93.3% in the first quarter of 2020-21 compared to the same period the previous year. As a result, the tourist industry has lost a large number of jobs. Tourism created about 34.8 million jobs in 2019-20. When the lockdown was enforced, 14.5 million jobs were lost in the first quarter, 5.2 million in the second quarter, and 1.8 million in the third quarter.

According to Assistant Professor Harpreet Singh of the GNDU Department of Hotel Management and Tourism conducted for Punjab tourism, an estimated one million jobs, directly or indirectly associated with allied hospitality services, have been lost as a result of travel restrictions and the closure of dining and entertainment establishments.

There are around 5,000 registered hotels and 3,000 unregistered hotels in Punjab. Satish Arora, head of the Punjab Hotel Association, claimed 20-25 hotels have shuttered across the province, with 70% of employees losing their employment. According to him, the hospitality industry lost about Rs 900 crore per month as a result of Covid-19, while the government lost Rs 150 crore per month in GST income.

According to him, between June 15 and July 16, when the wedding season was at its peak, 40% of employment were generated as a result of the Covid-19 relaxation. “Right now, after the wedding season is over, only 25% of the workforce can be absorbed, and the remainder gets laid off,” he explained.

Gursharan Singh, the district tourist officer, said the business would not revive unless full air, road, and train connections were restored. Apart from the Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir, and Ram Tirath, tourist destinations like Sadda Pind, Punjab War Heroes Memorial, Gobindgarh Fort, and Partition Museum have seen a substantial decline in attendance. Since March 2020, spectators have been prohibited from attending the Attari-Wagah Retreat ritual, and Jallianwala Bagh has also been restricted since February 2020.

Amritsar has about 850 hotels, guesthouses, and lodges, according to APS Chatha, head of the Amritsar Hotels and Restaurants Association. “The number of people staying at hotels near the Golden Temple rose, but not in hotels along the civil lines. According to our analysis of occupancy and employee strength, about 1.5 lakh jobs have been lost as a result of hotel bankruptcy,” he noted.

Source: Tribune India