Vishal Sharma, Secretary of the Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber, said the Agra tourism industry had been nearly destroyed in the past nearly two years. Many businessmen in the tourism industry have gone bankrupt, incurring huge debt.
Handicraft emporiums have been closed, and those involved in the production and sale of handicrafts have suffered huge losses since April 2020. A large number of handicraft salespeople is now selling fruits and vegetables.
He further said while the monuments would reopen on June 16, the tourism industry may actually pick up only when foreign tourists return to India. At present, foreign tourists are not allowed in India. Further, the prevalence of the Delta variant of coronavirus may continue to keep foreign tourists away from India even after rules are relaxed.
Approved Guides Association president Shamshuddin and former chairman of the Agra Tourist Guild Arun Dang shared similar views. They further sought financial assistance to the tourism sector to ensure its speedier revival.