Published on : Saturday, January 5, 2019
Frequent strikes in Kerala have put a dampener on the tourism industry in the state which has recorded 60 per cent loss in revenue during the last year. For the sector, which was hoping to recover from the losses caused mainly by the floods, the strike on Thursday dealt a major blow.
Several stakeholders including hoteliers, tourist taxi drivers, houseboat owners and home-stay owners have been affected. Ever since the Sabarimala controversy erupted in the state, several protests have led to mass cancellation of tourist bookings, leaving tour operators in the lurch.
Manu P V, secretary of the Association of Tourism Trade Organisation India (ATTOI) said there has been a huge footfall in the numbers of tourists arriving in the state. “The industry was slowly returning to normal. However, frequent hartals are affecting the livelihood of those in the sector,” he said.
Owing to the strike, tourist vehicles were operated only in select places. According to officials with a five star hotel in the city, they had to face Rs 2 lakh worth of cancellation on Thursday.