Kerala Tourism will work to build Kochi as a chief tourism hub
The Kerala Tourism department will take steps to build up Kochi as a chief tourism hub of the state, due to its prospective for growing water tourism along with food / heritage / spice tourism.
The Kerala tourism department is discussing with the Kochi Corporation along with people’s representatives regarding how to develop micro plans, so that the attractions of Kochi can be better showcased for attracting more tourists, said P.A. Mohamed Riyas, who is the Minister for Tourism in Kerala.
Ernakulam reports the highest tourist influx in Kerala. In the first quarter of this year, the district bagged the top spot with regard to entrance of domestic tourists, with 8,11,426 domestic tourists visiting Ernakulam.
Region-wise as well, central Kerala attracts around 52% of foreign visitors. Kochi, therefore, has a lot of unknown prospective for tourism expansion, and the department is considering fully utilizing the attractions at Fort Kochi, Kumbalanghi, Cherai, Mattancherry and Vypeen.
The possibility of water tourism is also enormous in Kochi, and the start of the Water Metro is expected to open the door to it. Other imminent projects in Kochi comprise cruise tourism and food tourism. Works on improving the old Kochi-Venduruthy Bridge as a food street are underway. Nonetheless, together with tourism upliftment, infrastructure growth should also go hand in hand. Accommodation facilities in Kochi will also need to be developed to cater to tourists.
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