Travelling to normalcy: It’s one small trip at a time

Tourism, India, Kerala, Goa
As governments and the industry look to revive tourism, a survey has revealed that 75 per cent of Indians were concerned about health and safety | Image - Eunice Dhivya

Over the past couple of weeks, Anant Shinde from Mumbai has been looking for a place to unwind along the beaches of Goa.

Investment professional Deepak Shenoy took a weekend trip from Bangalore to Mysore last week.

At the other end of the bargain, Mangalore-based travel agent Vishwas Kulal has been eagerly awaiting domestic travellers ever since the Karnataka government removed travel restrictions on August 24. Pintu Das, a tour guide in Siliguri, says he’s getting calls from potential customers from Kolkata enquiring about travel packages during Durga puja (October).

Having stayed inside their houses for long in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak and the ensuing lockdown, some people are ready to travel again, albeit with caution. And with governments gradually easing restrictions on inter-state movement, the travel and tourism business is hoping to reboot.

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