Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Record Tourist Arrivals in Gir National Park

Record Tourist Arrivals in Gir National Park

Gir National Park has registered record increase in tourist arrivals for a year. Gir welcomed 271,000 tourists during April 2010 to March 2011, an increase of 32 per cent.

This is the best ever year for the Gir National Park the only home of Asian Lions in the world. Foreign tourist arrivals to the park also increased by 19 per cent in the year.

According to the stats by Gujarat tourism, bulk of tourists visited during November to January. Festivals like Diwali, Christmas and Uttarayan during these months were the main reason why 55 per cent of total tourists visited Gir during these 3 months.

According to local tour operators and hotel owners, tourist rush during the festivals has increased in last year. The main reason behind it is the decision by Gujarat government to increase daily permits during around festivals to 150.

Apart from permits advertising campaign starring Amitabh Bachchan "Khushboo Gujarat Ki" also helped the national park. State tourism officials have admitted in the past that tourist arrivals boomed in Gir following the advertising campaign featuring Amitabh Bachchan. Several tourists couldn't find hotels during to the tourist rush.

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