Tourist Hotspot Mysore Palace Sees Dip In Footfalls
By Yathiraju | Published: 20th January 2014 03:48 AM |
The number of tourists visiting the famed Mysore Palace, one of the most visited tourist spots in the country, saw a decline in 2013 compared to the previous year.
According to statistics provided by Palace Board deputy director Swamy, 32,56,979 tourists visited the palace in 2013 as against 33,32,637 in 2012. While 76,431 foreign tourists visited the palace in 2012, the number dropped to 73,636 last year.
Overall, the palace saw 75,658 lesser domestic tourists and 2,795 foreign tourists in 2013.
The total revenue, by way of entry fees generated from domestic tourists, was Rs 1,55,17,800 in 2012 and Rs 1,47,27,200 in 2013. The revenue from foreign tourists was Rs 1,55,17,800 and Rs 1,47,27,200, respectively, for the two years.
A Tourism Department official told Express that the Uttarakhand flood disaster was the main reason for the decline in tourists, especially foreigners, to Mysore. About 30 per cent of foreigners visiting North India usually visit Mysore. “We missed those tourists because of the Uttarakhand calamity,” he said.
The official also said that the increase in entry tax for tourist vehicles entering the state put off domestic tourists. “We used to see more tourists from neighbouring states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu. But the hike in entry tax is deterring them,” he said
Palace Board officials feel that the death of the Mysore royal family scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar in December was also a reason for the decline in the number of tourists.
Tourism Deputy Director Shivalingappa said that an event, ‘A December to Remember’, was also organised to draw tourists during the year-end.