Published on : Monday, July 10, 2017
Kochi has lot of hopes on the U-17 World Cup, with government agencies and the tourism sector planning to attract even more tourists to Kerala. The hospitality sector is seeing this upcoming event as a long-term investment that will reinforce the sector’s fortunes.
To quote CEO of CGH Earth group Jose Dominic, “Rather than the immediate flow of tourists for the World Cup, the mega event is expected to promote tourism in the coming years. Kochi will become a more familiar name among tourists coming to India. Now you know why countries compete to host international events like Olympics.”
State’s nodal officer for the event, APM Mohammed Hanish said authorities will join hands to make it a grand event.
The state tourism department said that the machinery would work in full swing once the order is given. An official of the department said, “We foresee a huge tourist flow, both domestic and international. We will rollout tourist information centres and help desks at major destinations. We have prototype of the action plan we used during National Games.” The tourism industry has been witnessing a dull phase for the past three years. Dominic said the introduction of GST will affect tourism sector now.
“Earlier, the liquor policy of the UDF government had affected the sector. Later, the state government revised it and gave the sector a push. Now, GST has become an impediment as the new rate for services at air-conditioned hotels have risen to 28%,” he said.