While Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has claimed that there has been a 9 per cent increase in international tourism in India, the Kerala planning board study shows contrary figures.
According to the quick estimates from the department of Tourism of Kerala, international tourist in the state dropped by 8.7 per cent and domestic tourists dropped by 17.7 per cent while comparing 2016 November with the same month of the previous year.
R Ramakumar, Kerala Planning Board Member told ,”Kerala’s economy has been particularly vulnerable after notes ban because we rely heavily upon the service sector and the informal or unorganised sector is among the major contributors. Restricted cash flow has had a severe impact.”
“Kerala tourism has been affected. We ourselves have been facing a dip in tourists. It is difficult to say what has caused it because there are several reasons including notes ban and the state’s liquor policy. But the truth is that the tourists who were coming here are facing major problems and even the fresh bookings are not according to the targets that we should be having at this time of the year,” said Raja Goopal Iyer, CEO for Uday Samudra Resorts.
CPM supporters in the state formed a human chain starting from Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram in the south of Kerala all the way to northern district of Kasargode, protesting against the centre’s notes ban move. CPM state secretary Kodeyeri Balakrishnan claimed that 10 lakh people participated in the 700 kilometres link that was formed.