BJP Hartal: Over 2,500 foreign tourists apt to be stranded in Kochi, big blow to tourism
Express News Service
KOCHI: The tourism industry in Kerala, following the August floods that was slowly reviving, was handled a lack of face as a lot more than 2,500 foreign tourists who found its way to Kochi on Thursday in a cruise liner and chartered flights will tend to be stranded in the town on Friday due to the hartal.
Luxury cruise ‘Marella Discovery’ is here with 1,720 foreign tourists at Cochin Port and three chartered flights attained CIAL with another 900 foreign tourists for sightseeing and shopping. The tour operators had organised eight different tours to various destinations in Kerala for the tourists who arrived here, on Friday however now things look uncertain following unexpected announcement of a hartal. The arrival of a lot of tourist had provided optimism to tour stakeholders and operators.
“Unquestionably, the hartal shall have a severe effect on the tourism industry in future. This year this is the biggest arrival of tourists to Kerala following the tourism season started. These tourists will receive a negative image of Kerala because they will be stuck up in the hotels. The losses for the tour operators along with other stakeholders will be massive,” TRAVEL COMPANIES Federation of India (TAFI) Kerala Chapter chairman Paulose Mathew told Express.
Tour operators have already been raising the demand to exempt the tourism sector from the hartal. “We’d approached all of the political parties to exempt the tourism industry from hartals. The revenue of the constant state will probably be affected as tourists won’t arrived at Kochi fearing hartals. Month in the hartal a convoy of German travellers was pelted with stones last. Immediately, the tour was cancelled by them and returned,” Paulose said.
K P Nandakumar, Joint Director, Kerala Tourism, said if the tour operators seek protection, the department is preparing to approach the authorities for this. “The result of Friday’s hartal will undoubtedly be severe taking into consideration the true amount of foreign tourists in Kochi. Usually, the tour operators arrange security for the tourist in that situation. Should they seek any assistance, we will be providing it,” he said.
Tourism in hawaii is limping back from the consequences of the ferocious floods as two chartered flight with around 600 tourists from the united kingdom attained Kochi on Thursday. Another 300 more tourists will undoubtedly be coming to Kochi in another chartered flight which will reach Cochin AIRPORT TERMINAL Limited (CIAL) on Friday.
Ernakulam DTPC secretary S Vijaykumar in a news release issued by the general public Relations Department stated more foreign tourists are reaching Kochi in cruise liners aswell.
Kochi Muziris Biennale is attracting tourists also. The tourists from the united kingdom will be spending two days in Kochi. The combined group is likely to like a boat ride in the Kochi backwaters. The group will visit Fort Kochi then, Mattancherry, Marine Broadway and Drive and venues of Kochi Muziris Biennale.
The group will visit Vaikom and Kumbalangi tourism villages also. Each day in a houseboat in Alappuzha the group will spend.