“In Dharamshala, we have a lot of visitors from China because his Holiness the Dalai Lama is staying there. There are many monasteries. Many Tibetans in exile stay in Himachal Pradesh, they have many relatives in China, who sometimes come visit. So definitely it has taken a toll,” said Sunayana Sharma, deputy director Himachal Tourism speaking to reporters at the inaugural of the India Travel Mart in Panaji.
“We hope the coronavirus outbreak will be a passing thing. As far as Himachal Pradesh government is concerned, we have set up a mechanism for quarantining anybody coming from China or South East Asian countries, if they display any symptoms,” Sharma added.
The government’s plan to tap Chinese tourists failed after efforts to fly them down to the coastal state, had to be deferred with the news of the virus.
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