Published on : Friday, June 11, 2021
Kerala’s all the well-known holiday destinations may soon be unveiled as complete “vaccinated zones” as the state government is considering to offer COVID-19 jabs to everyone related to tourism which had experienced huge setback due to COVID. By now the government has started providing vaccines to the ones working in tourism after including them in the prioritized list, making them front line COVID fighters, said the tourism minister, P A Mohammed Riyas in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
“We are mulling to make famous tourist destinations in the state 100 per cent vaccinated zones by July 15 with the support of the health department,” he said during the question hour.
Also, the minister explained that the state tourism sector had incurred heavy losses to the tune of Rs. 33,675 crore due to the COVID crisis.
To solve the problem in the tourism sector, state Finance Minister, K N Balagopal, had declared about a rejuvenation package for the sector and earmarked an amount of Rs 30 crore as government share for its revival.
Besides the existing provision of Rs 100 crore, Rs 50 crore has been kept on reserved additionally to Tourism Department for marketing, he had said while presenting the budget.