Down in dumps, Kerala tourism looks for new idea

Express News Service

KOCHI: V Harris, 64, had never witnessed a downturn in the tourism industry since setting up his resort in Kannur’s Kadalayi, a small town known for its idyllic beaches, rivers and waterfalls, some 15 years back. The outbreak of Covid-19 in January 2020 has turned his business and life upside down, taking away his entire income due to the precipitous drop in visitor arrivals.

“Tourism had been dead from March to October 2020. There were some guests from other states from November to December, but since January this year, the tourist inflow has come to a complete halt,” Harris said. With his income disappearing, Harris has now turned to agriculture in the one-acre compound of his resort. “We started vegetable cultivation last year-end. Farming also gives relaxation from the mental strain due to the current crisis,” he said.

The outbreak of the pandemic and lockdown that followed have been disastrous for Kerala as tourism alone…

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