Kottayam: The Kerala tourism sector has revived and got back on track after the deadly floods last year. With six months into this year, 2,94,531 travellers more than that of last year have already visited the state. According to tourism department, there is an increase of 6.82 per cent of tourists within the first three months of 2019, compared to the previous year. 46,12,397 persons have visited Kerala tourist centres from January to March. This includes both foreign and domestic visitors.
Domestic travellers mainly visited Ernakulam district. In the first three months, 9,96,091 tourists visited here. Last year it was 8,87,922. The increase in the number of tourists are giving a new hope to the flood affected Kerala tourism.
Upcoming dream season
It is expected that the number of visitors will increase in the upcoming months. The monsoon season, fondly called by the tourism department as dream season, more visitors are expected to arrive here. Backwater tourism, Ayurveda treatments etc will increase the revenue. Many backwater, sea travel projects are planned which also includes Kozhikode-Kochi sea journey.
The promotional campaigns by Kerala Tourism department in other countries are attracting crowd. To woo travellers from Asian countries, Kerala had participated in the Asia Tourism Fair. Also a new global outreach programme titled, 'Human by Nature' featured at the Times Square in New York attracted many people.