International Yoga Day: Hit by pandemic, yoga tourism sector in Mysuru banks on PM event for revival
Hit by the pandemic, the yoga tourism sector in Mysuru is hoping to return to its former glory as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to attend the 8th International Yoga Day celebrations in Mysuru Tuesday.
A tier-II town in Karnataka, Mysuru is a global attraction for its heritage, legacy and the annual Dasara celebrations. Also known as the Pensioner’s Paradise, the town attracted around four million tourists every year in the pre-pandemic times.
According to the Yoga Federation of Mysuru, at any given point of time, there were about 2,000 foreigners learning yoga in the pre-pandemic era in the city.
However, the pandemic also provided an opportunity, with registrations for online yoga classes showing an uptick. But this trend did not help the yoga tourism sector in Mysuru, as the inflow of tourists remained low owing to travel restrictions.
Notably, there are about 50 registered yoga centres in Mysuru and more than 50 unregistered or unrecognised ones that cater to thousands of yoga students across the globe.
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