LUCKNOW, INDIA, January 11, 2013 (Outlook India): Airlines, hotels, tour operators and Uttar Pradesh in general are likely to reap a windfall during the Maha Kumbha Mela in the state with the government likely to see its coffers swelling by US$2.2 billion, according to an industry body.
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India's paper -- "Maha Kumbha Mela 2013- Possible Revenue Generation Resources for Uttar Pradesh" -- says that the pilgrimage would generate additional employment opportunities for over 600,000 workers in sectors spanning airlines and airports, hotels, tours, infrastructure and also trigger a surge in medical and eco-tourism.
The unorganized sector (tour guides, taxi drivers, etc.) also stands to gain substantially from the Maha Kumbha, which will begin on January 27 and conclude on February 25, said the paper.
"Apart from UP, states like Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jabalpur, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Kota), Uttarkhand (Nainital, Mussoorie, Aulli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Ranikhet, Almora), Punjab (Amrtisar, Ludhiana) and Himachal Pradesh (Shimla, Kufri, Manali, Panchkula), too, will majorly benefit from the enhanced revenue generation with a large number of foreign tourists expected to explore other destinations," the paper said.