Travel News : Kerala To Open Itself For Tourism From Early October
Kerala – One of the most visited travel destinations in the country is gearing up to welcome travelers from early October. The state that is fondly called God’s Own Country has been shut since COVID-19 broke out in the nation and has observed many lockdowns since.
Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co- Operation, Tourism and Devaswom in Government of Kerala, confirmed that the state is planning to welcome tourists from early October onwards.
Kerala tourism department has prepared a very detailed plan of action that emphasises on both the safety of the tourists and the locals of the state.
Mr Surendran, when referring to the plan, was quoted saying, “The plan includes highlighting the importance of wellness and Ayurveda to improve immunity. The file has been presented to the chief minister and health department for their suggestions.”
It must be observed that tourism is one of the most prominent revenue generating industries for Kerala and it contributed to 12 per cent of the state’s GDP in 2019.
The state is home to over 4000 hotels in addition to 1000 houseboats, homestays, and Ayurvedic centres. All these hospitality driven businesses along with the many tour operators were, reportedly extremely strained financially as there has been no tourist activity in the state for almost 6 months.
In the the Confederation of Kerala Tourism Industry (CKTI) had urged the state ministry to allow tourism in the state to protect the financial health of their stakeholders.