Published on : Saturday, March 7, 2020
The total earnings from tourism stood at Rs. 45,010.69 crore, notching a 24.14 per cent increase. Of the total number of tourists (1,95,74,004), 1,83,84,233 were domestic and 11,89,771 foreign visitors.
In 2018, the number of tourists visiting Kerala was 1,67,01,068 (domestic 1,56,04,661 and foreign 10,96,407). The growth rate in the inflow of domestic tourists was 17.81 per cent and for foreign arrivals, it was 8.52 per cent.
“We have bounced back with great vigour after suffering unprecedented floods and torrential rains in 2018 and 2019. This is the highest growth rate since 1996,” said Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
He expressed confidence about sustaining the growth momentum this year too, saying, “It, however, will depend on how quickly the world finds a solution to the corona virus problem.
Of the 14 districts, Ernakulam attracted the largest number of tourists (45,82,366), followed by Thiruvananthapuram (33,48,618), Thrissur (25,99,248) and Idukki (18,95,422).
Also, the total foreign exchange earnings from tourism surpassed Rs. 10,000 crore for the first time, touching a figure of Rs. 10,271.06 crore and registering a growth of 17.19 per cent over the previous year.