Though white Christmas eluded Shimla this year, tourist traffic to Shimla has increased with all hotels in the city registering full occupancy for the weekend. Almost all hotels are full till 27th December. A bright sunny day in Shimla has been a disappointment with the holiday makers thronging the city but city hoteliers were a relieved lot as the bookings materialized in the past three days.
Ashish Malhotra from Bridge View hotel said, “Majority of the bookings have come in the past two days. We have a daily DJ night being organised at the hotel. A white Christmas would have been an icing on the cake for the tourists.” Besides hotels on the Mall road, other hotels on Cart road, Kacchi Ghati and Chotta Shimla have also reported full occupancy. Hotels at Naldehra and Kufri also are running full. HPTDC hotels have also reported full occupancy in Shimla, Fagu and Narkanda. Mr. Ramesh Thakur, Senior Manager at HPTDC’s Hotel Hatu, Narkanda, confirmed the hotel to be full till Dec 31st. Hotels in Fagu also have reported full occupancy. Hotels have started preparations for the New Year Eve, though most of the hoteliers confirmed that bookings for 31st still haven’t picked up.
This year the New Year Eve falls on Wednesday during midweek. Majority of the hotels have introduced packages for New Year Eve and hoteliers sounded hopeful of full occupancy. Hoteliers here are banking upon cancellations in Goa on account of Mumbai terror strikes and subsequent ban on beach parties. “People from North are definitely going to venture out during this period, all we need is snowfall,” said Shalin Sood at Hotel Woodrina. But that sounds a distant possibility as weather sites are predicting clear days till 31st December.