Life is slowly getting normal again in Dilsukhnagar after the twin blasts rocked the area on February 21, but the devastating attack has proved detrimental for the city’s hotel industry. After a slew of cancellations of events, conferences and room bookings both by Indian and foreign nationals in the aftermath of the blasts in which 16 people were killed and over a hundred injured, hoteliers fear a slump in business that may extend up to March or even more. City hoteliers said the occupancy levels have been falling consistently ever since the terrorist attack. Ravish Daway, general manager at the Quality Inn Residency, said the uncertainty and unstable security situation resulted in the majority of his hotel guests leaving the city. “Our hotel was supposed to be sold out for two days including Monday but almost around 58 rooms that were booked earlier got cancelled. Other guests who were supposed to stay back have checked out,” said Daway. He added that the law and order situation is a major issue for the industry.
“Bomb blasts have changed the whole scenario. Our hotel was to host a conference on March 8 but the organisers decided to relocate it to another metro, resulting in huge losses,” Daway added. Hoteliers said that the Dilsukhnagar blast could have a severe impact on the entire hotel industry at least for the next few months. The blast has frightened the travellers from overseas as well as the local businessmen. Most of the countries have given travel advisories, cautioning people against travelling and it was making a huge dent in businesses. Girish Sehgal, general manager, Taj Falaknuma said a lot of foreign nationals who had made bookings are apprehensive now. “There were cancellations from both foreign and Indian nationals. We managed to speak to some of them and assured about their safe stay. Some of them have postponed their visit by a few weeks,” said Sehgal. A hotel manager with a leading chain of hotels in the city said that around 500 room night bookings have been cancelled across the chain of hotels. While 4-5 banquets were cancelled at Golkonda Hotel immediately after the bomb blasts, the hotel has also seen some travellers cancelling their reservations. At Green Park, a social event got cancelled on Saturday but the spokesperson said the reason is not known. In addition to this, few bookings have been rescheduled at Marriott.
Hoteliers said that conferences of some pharma giants wherein participants from across AP was expected have also been cancelled. Ravi Chandran, honorary secretary, Skal International, an association of tourism leaders, said the hotel business is low this week and the forecast looks grim. He said that hotels across board have been adversely affected. “Not just rooms, but our restaurant business has also been hit badly. People are hesitant to step out unless necessary,” said Chandran, who is also the general manager of Central Court Hotel that has seen 11 cancellations in the last four days including one involving a foreign national. Pradeep Dutt, secretary, Hotels and Restaurants Association of Andhra Pradesh, said around this time usually students visit Hyderabad from various schools and colleges or stopover to visit popular tourist destinations. “The city was slowly limping back to normalcy but has again got derailed. People who planned their summer vacations here will rethink on their tour,” said Dutt.