Indian hoteliers brace for Omicron impact on bookings as international, state restrictions set in

Changes to India’s border regulations arising from Omicron fears are worrying hoteliers, who have only recently begun to see a pick up in business.

While Leisure Hotels Group has yet to see any Omicron impact on bookings and reservations, director Vibhas Prasad said the new travel restrictions “will definitely affect traveller sentiment and that may have an impact on demand”.

Emergence of Omicron variant expected to hit hotel demand in India

A New Delhi-based hotelier who requested anonymity, told TTG Asia that his hotel has seen a few bookings being postponed to a later date.

Indian hoteliers are also concerned about latest state border restrictions. As of December 1, foreigners are barred from entering Sikkim state in northeast India. The state government of Maharashtra has also made it mandatory for all travellers to carry an RT-PCR test report 48 hours prior to departure, irrespective of their vaccination status.

MRG Group’s group general manager – hospitality, Akshay Shetty, said these state travel curbs could eventually dampen demand from domestic tourism markets.

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