The tourism sector in the district is seeing signs of recovery after a long break with a steady increase in reservations.
The District Promotion Council (DTPC) has developed a few options that include day-long backwater packages for tourists visiting the district.
“Boating collection during the last couple of months shows a higher revenue compared to pre-COVID-19 days. We are focussing on domestic tourism as of now and the response has been positive".
"Apart from the regular spots, the newly-opened destinations are also drawing a lot of visitors. In April-May we are expecting the numbers to go up,” said DTPC secretary M.R. Jayageetha.
She said that most of the visitors come from the district and many are searching for local tourist attractions.
"We believe that this is a positive change for the sector", she added.
The recent opening of the Ashtamudi craft museum also has become a great attraction when boating trips to Munroe Thuruthu and Sambranikodi.
The department of tourism is currently conducting houseboat excursions to the two islands starting at 11 a.m. A total of 20 people can take the package including a drink, a lunch, tea and snacks to Munroe Thuruthu.
“Canoe rides through Munroe island have more takers and now many people are opting for Sambranikodi too. With more people visiting the Ashtamudi craft museum these days, we are planning to introduce a package that also includes boating,” she said.
Although there was much apprehension in the sector about the spike in the COVID-19 cases, Jayageetha said the Department took appropriate precautions.
“We are strictly following the protocol to ensure the safety of tourists. From boating to park entries, everything will be closely monitored, and all arrangements are in place to counter the threat of COVID-19,” she said.
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