The tourism sector in Kochi which had been expecting an almost full vacation season this April-May has got a jolt due to the recent spurt in Covid cases. In the absence of international tourists, those in the industry had been pinning their hopes on domestic tourism, especially on those from north India.
The ever increasing number of Covid-19 cases has prompted many of the tourists from other states to cancel their plans to visit Kerala. “The bookings by the tourists from other states in the hotels in Kochi are very low. Normally, there would be a flow of tourists from other states to Kerala and Kochi during summer vacation. But, this time, there is very low footfall. There is hardly any booking in the hotels in Kochi,” an official with the district tourism promotion council (DTPC) said.
“Similarly, there would be a flow of tourists from north India during Pooja holidays. This time, there is no chance for the flow during Pooja holidays as well. The Union government as well as the state governments are putting restrictions on the movement of people as the Covid-19 cases are going up day by day,” the official said.
The tourism operations which were resumed in November last year has started to gain momentum to a certain extent. “It is the domestic tourists we are depending on now. Footfall is there only on weekends and holidays. Still, the operations had started to pick up momentum,” the official said. The tourism department had started various packages, including trips to various locations in Ernakulam district, to lure the tourists.
One-day tour packages to the locations like Thattekkad-Boothathankettu, Kochi City tour, Alappuzha-Fort Kochi, Kochi-Athirappilly, Munnar and Thekkadi had been prepared.
Source: Times of India