Tourism Business in Himachal Pradesh largely depends upon Local people, running small and medium enterprises and freelancers who make most of the transactions in cash. Life was running smoothly until our PM announced a currency ban on the 500 and 100 denominations. With the winter tourism season gaining pace in Shimla, the small service providers, like Horse riding guys, freelance local guides, small home-stay owners, adventure and other experience curators landed in a mess with tourists handing them the banned currency notes.
How Tourism Businesses in Himachal are using technology during Currency Ban
Among all of this turmoil, long queues outside ATMs and rush in Banks, local guys are joining portals like Paytm to accept money and Localguy.in to list their business and get instant bookings from tourists and travelers. Startups like Localguy.in are building market places where any local service provider can list their activity or experience based service with their authenticated profile and get instant bookings.
The service is so simple to use that anyone can list their activity with their photograph and profile and get bookings front he travelers. Activities such as sight-seeing, horse-riding, guided walks, curated lunch/dinner experiences, special occasion celebrations, adventure activities and many more.
Only condition being that the local person has to submit valid ID and details of their activity using a simple form on the portal itself.
The recent move by the government is being considered a game changer in local commerce and is leading to a big leap towards digitization on local grounds.