Thiruvananthapuram:Kerala tourism hits 24.14% growth in 2019 with a total earnings of Rs 45,010.69 crore registering a 17.2% rise (1.96 Cr) in tourist arrival. It's the first time since 1996 that a growth rate has been achieved.
Of the total number of tourists (1,95,74,004), 1,83,84,233 were domestic and 11,89,771 foreign visitors.In 2018, the number of tourists visiting Kerala was 1,67,01,068 (domestic 1,56,04,661 and foreign 10,96,407).
The growth rate in the inflow of domestic tourists was 17.81 per cent and for foreign arrivals 8.52 per cent.
Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran says Kerala bounced back with great vigour after suffering unprecedented floods and torrential rains in 2018 and 2019. This is the highest growth rate since 1996.
Of the 14 districts, Ernakulam attracted the largest number of tourists (45,82,366), followed by Thiruvananthapuram (33,48,618), Thrissur (25,99,248) and Idukki (18,95,422).
Also, the total foreign exchange earnings from tourism crossed Rs 10,000 crore for the first time, touching a figure of Rs 10,271.06 crore and registering a growth of 17.19 per cent over the previous year.