To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. No festivals in Kerala. This was followed by storytelling audios about each area and its festivals, followed by the videos on various traditional musical instruments and other folk art forms. "The uniqueness of this recognition is that the RT Mission units are proving that life-affirming activities need to be presented live without exaggeration to be evaluated and recognised by the world," he added. In that case, people will get the confidence to travel. We don’t see international travel starting till the end of the year. The Mission has also won three National Awards. Selection of Architecture cum conservation consultant for Travancore Heritage Tourism … “So, with the inflow of our regular segment of guests stopped, it makes good sense that we promote our destinations to our people,” he says adding that their feedback on social media will create a market. During World Folklore Day, these videos were aired at the ''Folkkathone'' programme for 90 minutes. It has helped us keep apace with events and happenings. Pandemic fallout: Kerala tourism and hotel sectors in a tangle despite reopening. Besides the usual masks, social distancing protocols and sanitisers, tourists who wish to visit Kerala for over seven days have to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate or undergo a test after entering the state. This is the message from Tripathome, a video released by Kerala Tourism on April 30 amid the COVID-19 lockdown. A, B, C...Z: Did You Know About These Alphabet Towns? Next will be the business traveller is her guess. Kerala opened its tourism destinations, barring beaches, for visitors by strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocol, signaling the revival of the revenue-generating industry that remained shut for the last seven months following the outbreak of the pandemic. Or they will have to remain in quarantine for seven days. However, the state tourism minister Kadkampally Surendran said that beaches shall remain closed for now, and will open from November 1. The state's hill stations, adventure and backwater spots started welcoming travellers from October 12. “The tariff for a room per night was ₹10,000 and above. Kerala Kerala reports 5,254 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths Kerala IMA condemns surgery sanction for Ayurveda Kerala Kerala Public Service Commission to implement 10% quota for EWS Thiruvananthapuram: The money spinning tourism industry in Kerala has taken a severe beating on account of the Covid pandemic and according to a State Minister, the loss suffered is around Rs 25,000 crore. It registered a 17.2 per cent growth as compared to the 2018 calendar year. This is a great know-your-neighbourhood initiative.” He has formed resilientdestinations.com to tell stories of sustainable destinations as a response to the crisis. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. Several countries are yet to open their borders to Indian citizens while others... Kerala's Kozhikode is drawing visitors with the blooming of pink Forked Fanwort... Flyers, rail passengers and those driving—everyone travelling from Delhi,... Outlook’ is India’s most vibrant weekly news magazine with critically and globally acclaimed print and digital editions. As tourists begin to flock to Kerala, several guidelines and safety measures have been put in place. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Tourism has been bestowed the coveted ''Highly Commended'' Award by World Travel Mart London, as a recognition for its remarkable activities aimed at promoting Responsible Tourism (RT) during the challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. This is the message from Tripathome, a video released by Kerala Tourism on April 30 amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The total earnings from tourism stood at Rs 45,010.69 crore, notching a robust 24.14 per cent growth. All rights reserved. Interstate travel too will take time, but travel within Kerala will be possible.”. Misplaced priorities, war of words between associations detrimental to the crisis... IATO’s 2018 election result, was there a surprise? READ: Kerala Tourism Lends Support to Travel Enterprises to Restart Business. The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kerala (which was also the first in all of India) was confirmed in Thrissur on 30 January 2020. One of its salient features is that 80 per cent of the total units are headed by women. Though Sejoe Jose, CEO of Marvel Tours and president IATO (Indian Association of Tour Operators) Kerala Chapter, says, “we have fallen off a cliff, there is no billing, no enquiries,” but soon perks up to elaborate on some future plans, if all goes well. COVID-19 Relief Package: Kerala Tourism Announces Working Capital Loan Scheme to Support Entrepreneurs in the Travel and Tourism Sector. Thiruvananthapuram: The money spinning tourism industry in Kerala has taken a severe beating on account of the Covid pandemic and according … The RT Mission received the award for its innovative work on ''Wok at Home Videos'' and storytelling audio and video series produced and presented by various Mission units in the state during the pandemic that has posed multiple challenges to the tourism sector, an official statement said here on Friday. Subscribe to The Hindu now and get unlimited access. Tourism Secretary Rani George said the Mission has played a significant role in the tourism sector during the pandemic. After several months of the Covid-19 lockdown, the Kerala government on Monday allowed select tourism centres in the state to open in two phases in strict compliance with the Covid-19 precautions. Pradeep Murthy, director, Muddy Boots, an adventure travel company and part of the Keralam Kanam consortium, makes a pitch for adventure travel as a possible option for safe and fun experience post COVID-19. If things improve, then we may begin marketing by July,” says Rani. Likewise workers in the industry will get a loan of Rs 30,000 from the Kerala Bank which will come at an interest rate of three per cent and repayment starts only after six months," added Surendran. 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Besides becoming a marketing tool, it also became an instant hit in national and international platforms. The state has shown an exemplary track record in tackling the spread of the virus and in testing, isolation and treatment of cases. Even the famous tourist spot of Kovalam beach, which is … Destinations which have un-controlled access like beaches will be opened from November 01st, where also the SOPs will be implemented strictly. Court comes down heavily on Customs, After severe criticism, Kerala Police Act amendment put on hold, Amendment to Police Act is not against freedom of media: CM gives explanation amidst harsh criticism, Online Queries call Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959, Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibitted.