Kerala to open gates for domestic tourists from October


R Roshan

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Kochi: Kerala tourism is gearing up to reopen in October after a long shutdown of 6 months. On Tuesday, Mathrubhumi had reported the crisis faced by the tourism sector and the strong demand for removing the restrictions.

The meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) representatives with tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran decided to reopen the tourism centres in state in October. Once a final decision is taken, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to announce it officially.

A detailed report on the standard operating procedures for reopening the tourism centres was prepared by the tourism department. Importance have been given to health tourism rooted in Ayurveda in the wake of Covid pandemic.

Revival of tourism ahead of Diwali

Kerala is targeting domestic tourists for its revival. It has pinned its hope on the arrival of north Indian tourists ahead of Diwali.

Tour operators have started bookings for trips starting from January 2021. Government may provide relaxation in quarantine period for those staying for less than a week.

The tourism sector in Kerala provide livelihood to over 15 lakh people in the state.

CII Kerala chairman Thomas John Muthoot thanked the state government for helping in its revival.

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