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The tourism department of Kerala will launch 100 tourism centres in the current financial year for reviving the economy in the post-Covid period. Minister of Tourism PA Mohamed Riyas informed that basic facilities will be ensured in the present and upcoming tourist centres of the state.
Over 38 lakhs of tourists have reached Kerala this financial year till date and the sector witnessed a considerable growth of 72.48 per cent. Ernakulam occupied first place in the number of tourists. Five districts of Kerala recorded the maximum tourist arrivals since its formation.
Caravan to food streets
The caravan tourism project initiated by the tourism department has been acclaimed as a crucial scheme to improve the quality and popularity of Kerala’s tourism sector. The department has received applications for 1,468 caravans and 151 caravan parks till date. Meanwhile, the department also examines the possibilities of heli tourism in the state. The planning for literary tourism, and biodiversity circuit announced in the last budget is also underway. Minister stated that food streets will also be launched this year.
Entrepreneurship promoted in tourism sector
The tourism department has been extending support to set up micro, small and medium enterprises in the tourism sector. As part of this, free training under the Responsible Tourism Mission has begun. Experimentation of technical innovations, including virtual travel guide, renewed tourism app and Maya Chatbox were launched to aid the tourists arriving here.
Cruise tourism will be introduced by linking Kovalam, Kollam, Kochi and Beypore here. Minister expects a huge inflow of tourists to the state by this.