Rann Utsav which is one of the most celebrated festivals that takes place in Rann of Kutch every year received the lowest footfalls due to Covid-19.
Every year lakhs of tourists participate in this prestigious culture fest but the year 2020 was different compared to the other years as due to the pandemic situation, tourist footfalls nearly fell its half.
According to Tourism Minister Jawahar Chavda, tourist footfalls fell from 4,38,125 in the year 2019 to just 2,06, 056 tourists. In the year 2020, only 20 foreigners had visited compared to 4,457 in 2019.
Similarly, other popular international festivals celebrated in Gujarat such as Navratri and Kite Festival also saw a huge dip in the number of tourists. Due to the limited footfalls, the tourism minister spent nearly INR 18.9 crore in organizing tourist events compared to 35.8 crore in the year 2019.
The government managed to earn 1.45 crore via entry fees during the Rann Utsav 2020 compared to 2.10 crore in the year 2019. The government also spent over 9.78 crores for the Rann Utsav in the year 2020 compared to 5.12 crore in the year 2019.
One of the famous festivals in Gujarat, Rann Utsav is celebrated every year between November to February where this festival allows people to get insights into the rich culture of Gujarat.