Kerala Tourism Flow Dropped This Year

Published on: 13 Jan, 2014
Published under: Kerala Business News

12 January 2014

Thiruvananthapuram

Unlike previous year this year Kerala Tourism have seen a downfall in number of visitors coming to the state. Recession in Europe, competition in traditional markets and from Sri Lanka, and a host of other factors have hit tourist arrivals to the State.

Some of the best resorts and hotel chains of Kerala have told that many of the accommodations are still vacant as compared to previous year. Even on the eve of Christmas, rooms were available in hotels and resorts across the State, except in Thekkady and Munnar. Hotels and resorts of the State-owned KTDC registered occupancy of 80 per cent during the peak period from December 23.

Compared to over 1,300 chartered flights Goa is getting this season, Kerala is getting just eight from Ekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia. By January 10, only one chartered flight had landed in the State capital.

Mr. Najeeb said high taxes in different segments such as MICE, transport, and luxury had taken a toll on the sector. The government should come up with proactive steps or else the two-decade effort of the State to make Kerala one of the must-see destinations would be wasted, he added.

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