Published on : Tuesday, May 19, 2020
On Saturday, Kerala Tourism Minister, Mr. Kadakampally Surendran have explained that the tourism sector of the state has experienced a major loss of Rs. 15,000 crore because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Nevertheless, he mentioned that a rejuvenation package for tourism in the state is all set to be rolled out to draw maximum tourists to the state after the COVID-19 crisis is over.
“The state has incurred Rs 15,000 crore loss in tourism sector. We have prepared a project and submitted it to the Chief Minister in this regard. We are planning to bring a rejuvenation package for the tourism sector in the state,” Surendran told reporters here.
He has further mentioned that the state government has by now permitted several relaxations and only places like barber shops, beauty parlors, and health clubs where maximum close contacts happen are closed for now.
“It will take some time to make tourist destinations in the state active. Tourists have to come. But currently, even the people within the state cannot move freely. We are waiting for the first suitable occasion to implement the package,” Surendran said.
“The next phase of lockdown definitely will bring complications in our society. Number of positive cases the day before yesterday was 26 and yesterday it was 16. We don’t know what it will be today. In such a condition, we have to take all precautions,” he added.
Surendran has also explained that people coming from other states and countries will be quarantined to prevent the virus spread.
Also, he emphasized on tight security and surveillance and making sure that compliance with all government directions are being followed.
As on Friday, as per the officials, there were a total of 576 coronavirus positive cases in the state, of which 492 had recovered as four people had lost their lives.