Published on : Thursday, March 5, 2020
In the wake of the coronavirus, several tourists in the country are cancelling their foreign trips. This has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka who are emphasizing them as safe destinations for tourists.
On Tuesday, the tourism departments of Kerala and Andhra Pradesh carried out events in Bengaluru to attract tourists. Kerala organized a tourism trade meet up to endorse its tourist destinations as well as culture.
To quote Kumar Pushkar, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director, “While the coronavirus outbreak has affected international tourism, particularly in China and Europe, it has not impacted domestic tourism so far. The Karnataka tourism department is conducting several roadshows in other states to woo domestic tourists. We hope more will visit Karnataka after the exam season.”
While sharing his thoughts with media on the sidelines of the Kerala tourism partnership meet 2020 in Bengaluru, tourism information officer, Pradeep Chandran diminished anxieties of the three confirmed virus cases identified in Kerala. “We have contained the outbreak of coronavirus. Kerala is safe,” he said.
Eshwaraiah, regional director of Andhra Pradesh tourism in Ananthapuramu, explained that the virus has had zero effect on tourism in the state.
“With no cases being detected in Andhra Pradesh so far, we expect tourism to remain unaffected in the next few months,” he said. The state is promoting Lepakshi in Anantpur as a tourist destination.