Mahabalipuram pips Taj mahal like no. 1st Tourist Place in 2021 – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu received over 11 crore of domestic tourists, the highest in the country in 2021 according to the Ministry of Tourism’s 2022 Indian Tourism Statistics released recently. Mahabalipuram saw the highest number of foreign tourists, pushing the crowd-favorite Taj Mahal to second place, data reveals.

In 2021, Tamil Nadu ranked first in number of domestic tourist arrivals, Uttar Pradesh ranked second and Andhra Pradesh third. According to tour guides, domestic tourism also peaked during pooja holidays.
P Asoka, president of the Association of Licensed Tourist Guides, said most tourist spots in Tamil Nadu are bustling with travelers during school and university vacations. “When it comes to pooja holidays, Mahabalipuram, Yercaud, Kodaikanal and Ooty have drawn crowds. Tourists started arriving from the first week of September,” Asoka said.

While Mahabalipuram received 5% foreign tourists, 95% were domestic tourists, local guide Lakshmaman explained. Shabin Sarvotham, Senior General Manager of Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, Mahabalipuram, said the hotel business was doing better than before the pandemic. It is a proud moment for Tamil Nadu that the fame of Mahabalipuram has reached a wide range due to various organized events, he added. “But, our hotel only had 85-95% occupancy during the pooja holiday, which is like any other day. Maybe that’s because many would like to spend some time at home with their family,” he said.

Meanwhile, to promote state tourism on Sunday, some 40 general managers from various hotels in Chennai launched a “Rediscover Chennai, Rediscover Life” bicycle rally from the city to Mahabalipuram. It was reported by the Managing Director of TN Tourism Development Corporation, Sandeep Nanduri.

Speaking about the rally, Shafee Ahmed, General Manager of E Hostel and Express Avenue, said: “We have a reason to celebrate TN tourism. There are many places like Kolli Hills and Yercaud which are great for riders.

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu received over 11 crore of domestic tourists, the highest in the country in 2021 according to the Ministry of Tourism’s 2022 Indian Tourism Statistics released recently. Mahabalipuram saw the highest number of foreign tourists, pushing the crowd-favorite Taj Mahal to second place, data reveals. In 2021, Tamil Nadu ranked first in number of domestic tourist arrivals, Uttar Pradesh ranked second and Andhra Pradesh third. According to tour guides, domestic tourism also peaked during pooja holidays. P Asoka, president of the Association of Licensed Tourist Guides, said most tourist spots in Tamil Nadu are bustling with travelers during school and university vacations. “When it comes to pooja holidays, Mahabalipuram, Yercaud, Kodaikanal and Ooty have drawn crowds. Tourists started arriving from the first week of September,” Asoka said. While Mahabalipuram received 5% foreign tourists, 95% were domestic tourists, local guide Lakshmaman explained. Shabin Sarvotham, Senior General Manager of Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, Mahabalipuram, said the hotel business was doing better than before the pandemic. It is a proud moment for Tamil Nadu that the fame of Mahabalipuram has reached a wide range due to various organized events, he added. “But, our hotel only had 85-95% occupancy during the pooja holiday, which is like any other day. Maybe that’s because many would like to spend some time at home with their families,” he said. Meanwhile, to promote state tourism on Sunday, some 40 general managers from various hotels in Chennai launched a “Rediscover Chennai, Rediscover Life” bicycle rally from the city ​​in Mahabalipuram. It was reported by the Managing Director of TN Tourism Development Corporation, Sandeep Nanduri. Speaking about the rally, Shafee Ahmed, Managing Director of E Hostel and Express Avenue said, “We have a reason to celebrate TN Tourism There are many places like Kolli Hills and Yercaud which are great for riders.

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