COVID-19 global pandemic hits Kerala tourism sector

South India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala tourism industry is now staring at a bleak future owing to COVID-19 global pandemic.


The tourism industry has been really struggling for the past month after COVID-19.

From backwaters in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts known as the honeymoon destinations, to the serene beaches of Kovalam and Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram -- famed for its Ayurveda treatments -- tourism hotspots are wearing a deserted look with foreign tourists asked to stay indoors by authorities and domestic travellers keeping away amid COVID-19 scare.

Right now resort owners are asking the guests to stay in the resort, not allowing them to go to the beach or any kind of public contact. Till their check out date, the authorities are holding them and giving them all the facilities possible. 

According to the report, bookings were completely cancelled from the first week of March. Resorts are shutting down now.

Hotels and resorts here are informing government authorities as soon as foreign guests check-in. They put them in quarantine in a hotel for 14 days. 

As per the report, revenue management will be a big issue for the industry. Loan repayments, statutory payments, salaries, will lead the industry into big trouble. 

When major industry players in the tourism industry hit hard, it is also passed on to the lower rug. Many shops that sell artefacts and clothes are shut in Kovalam as there is no business.

The coronavirus outbreak has affected the whole world with travel restrictions in place in many countries. 

Kerala had attracted around 1.96 crore domestic and foreign visitors in 2019, registering a healthy growth of 17.2 per cent as compared to the figures in the previous year affected with floods. But now, this is going to change. The total earnings from tourism stood at Rs 45,010.69 crore, notching a robust 24.14 per cent increase but with COVID-19 aftermath this is estimated to come down drastically.


With inputs from Agncy

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