Travel India “freezing” because of protests

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In the past month, protests have been taking place in many cities, prompting several countries to issue warnings of citizens intending to visit India.

Currently, at least 7 countries and territories have issued travel warnings to India after media reported at least 25 people were killed in clashes between police and protesters. At the same time, actions against the new law continue to be complicated.

Officials estimate that in the past two weeks, around 200,000 domestic and international tourists have canceled or canceled visits to the Taj Mahal, one of India’s most famous tourist destinations.

Dinesh Kumar, a police inspector working at a tourist police station near the Taj Mahal temple in Uttar Pradesh state, said: “The number of visitors fell by 60% in December ”.

Even a group of European tourists traveling to India said they were planning to shorten the 20-day trip. From New Delhi, Dave Millikin, a retired banker living on the outskirts of London, told Reuters news agency: “We are all retired people, so travel. need to slow down”.

The Taj Mahal is located in Agra and attracts more than 6.5 million tourists each year, bringing India nearly $ 14 million in revenue from entrance fees. Here, a foreigner will pay 1,100 rupees (about US $ 15) to buy an entrance ticket, while citizens from neighboring countries will receive a discount.

The cancellation of last-minute trips during the festive season has dampened business confidence, especially in the context of India’s economic growth being slowing down, to only 4.5%. – the lowest level of more than 6 years.

In addition, in an effort to curb violence and instability, the government suspended mobile internet services in Agra. Sandeep Arora, president of Agra Tourism Development Fund, which connects more than 250 travel companies, hotels and guides, said blocking the Internet has reduced tours and visitors to Agra by around 50- 60%.

The United States, Britain, Russia, Israel, Singapore, Canada and the territory of Taiwan (China) have issued travel recommendations, requiring citizens not to visit or to be cautious when visiting affected areas.