Monday, 14 November 2016

Digha Beach Today - Where are the #tourists? At a queue before a bank or ATM somewhere

The demonetisation drive has had its effect on the beach resorts of Digha and Mandarmani, where footfall of tourists has dropped sharply despite a long weekend that stretched on to Monday, a holiday for Guru Nanak Jayanti.

Administrative officials said the number of tourists had declined by almost 70 per cent in the twin towns. Picture above shows a deserted Digha beach on Sunday.

"About 25,000 to 30,000 tourists visit Digha and Mandarmani during the weekend. There are more people if the weekend is long. But in the last two days, only 10,000 tourists have visited the two beach resorts," said Prasanta Adhikari, the additional district magistrate in charge of tourism.

The current crisis has prompted hotel owners to bring down room tariff.

"Who will come to Digha? They are busy queuing up outside banks," a hotel owner said.

Text by Anshuman Phadikar, Telegraph