Big increase in foreign tourist arrivals in Kerala

February 20th, 2008 - 5:28 pm ICT by admin  

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) The tourism sector in Kerala appears to be doing well with 19.43 percent increase in foreign tourist arrivals and 17.94 percent growth in revenue generated. This was disclosed in the governor’s address to the state assembly Wednesday.

Up to November 2007, 443,594 foreign tourists arrived here, which is a record, and the total revenue generated also grew to a staggering Rs.91.26 billion during 2006.

“As tourism is on the growth path, the major initiatives for the coming year is to focus on developing tourism infrastructure and products with emphasis on conserving and preserving the environment.

“The government will come out with a white paper on responsible tourism, which will guide future policy initiatives of the government,” said Governor R.L. Bhatia.

Adventure tourism in the state will be developed and a board of tourism studies will be created to regulate and improve academic performance in tourism and hospitality studies, he added.

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