Tourist arrivals in Kerala shot up by an impressive 6.82 per cent during January-March this year, indicating that the state had swiftly overcome the ordeal of last year’s devastating floods. During the first quarter, the total number of tourist arrivals (both domestic and foreign) was 46,12,937 as compared to 43,18,406 during the same period in 2018. The domestic arrivals touched 41,90,468 as against 38,77,712 during the corresponding period in 2018, registering an increase of 8.07 per cent, a press release here said.
However, the arrival of foreign tourists saw a dip of 4.14 per cent. The total number of visitors from abroad stood at 4,22,469 during the first quarter against 4,40,694 in the corresponding period of the previous year, a fall of 4.14 per cent. Tourism Director, P Bala Kiran said the state had launched “Dream Season” campaign in May to woo travelers during the monsoon by combining the magic of rains, wellness tourism, especially Ayurveda treatments, and backwaters. Its impact would be seen in the second quarter of 2019, he added.