Shimla, May 13 -- Hotel owners in Himachal Pradesh are offering a discount of 10 to 20% to every guest who shows the indelible ink mark as a proof of having voted in the Lok Sabha elections.

The long election season has proved to be a dampener for the tourism industry in the state.

The elections have finished early in many other states that contribute largely to the tourism sector, but polling in Himachal Pradesh, to be held in the last phase on May 19, has hampered the arrival of the holiday makers.

"The hotel occupancy in Shimla and other places is 40% against 80 to 90% during this period," says Anup Thakur, president, Hotel and Restaurateurs Association, Manali. "With just the eight days to elections in the state, hoteliers and restau...