Kerala Witnesses 125% spike in tourist arrivals on e-Visa

A staggering 125% growth in tourist arrivals to Kerala on e-Visa has been witnessed in 2016 when compared to previous year. As many as 25,395 tourist arrivals from 71 countries were registered in the year 2015 while the numbers soared to 57,140 arrivals from 125 countries in 2016. The majority visitors were from the United Kingdom which registered around 26.92 per cent arrivals and was followed by USA, Germany, France, Australia, and UAE. The highest percentage of tourist arrivals on e-Visa was during December with 18.54 per cent and lowest was in June with 2.99%. The data is based on analysing the e-Visa arrivals in two of the major airports in Kerala, the Cochin International Airport and the Trivandrum International Airport, in 2015 and 2016. 

Tourists Not Coming After Notes Ban, Say Kerala Tourism Officials

While Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has claimed that there has been a 9 per cent increase in international tourism in India, the Kerala planning board study shows contrary figures.

According to the quick estimates from the department of Tourism of Kerala, international tourist in the state dropped by 8.7 per cent and domestic tourists dropped by 17.7 per cent while comparing 2016 November with the same month of the previous year.

Kerala liquor ban upheld: Will tourism take a hit?

The Supreme Court has upheld the Kerala High Court's ban on serving alcohol at restaurants and bars across the state. The top court says it found no illegality in the state's intention to clamp down on alcohol consumption. But Kerala is also one of the country's biggest tourism revenue generators. Will the state's coffers take a hit now?

Konni eco-tourism hub to get a facelift

Konni, a major eco-tourism centre situated in Pathanamthitta, with many attractions like elephant kraal and an elephant training centre will soon get a facelift. The Forest Department has decided to launch the second phase development of the eco-tourism project in association with the Tourism Department.

The nine-acre elephant kraal is now a base station facilitating various eco-tourism activities in the region. The construction of a compound wall, proper lighting of the elephant camp and streamlining elephant safari with a view to attracting more tourists are the main projects included in the second phase.

A butterfly park and a conservatory museum are also included in the project. The butterfly park will be enclosed in a polycarbonate dome suitably designed for weather control. This eco-tourism initiative will also have a breeding house, which will feature all the phases in the life cycle of a butterfly, right from the pupa stage to the full-grown adult stage.

With the aim of creating awareness on biodiversity, there would be an audio-visual room and also a breeding house displaying the metamorphosis of a butterfly.

As part of the project, the department is planning to convert an old inspection bungalow situated on the banks of the Achencoil River in the forests at Naduvathumoozhy into a Heritage Interpretation Centre. Plans for building tree-top huts, organising jungle treks, rock climbing and river rafting at the elephant camp to attract more tourists have also been included in the second phase.

The elephant camp at Konni at present houses modern elephant shelters, elephant kraal, photo gallery, biogas plant, retiring rooms for mahouts and shops for selling ethnic products.

GST On Tour Operator is only 5%

Tour Operator Means – any person engaged in the business of planning, scheduling, organising or arranging tours (which may include arrangements for accommodation, sightseeing or other similar services) by any mode of transport, and includes any person engaged in the business of operating tours in a tourist vehicle or a contract carriage by whatever name called, covered by a permit, other than a stage carriage permit, granted under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988) or the rules made thereunder.

Section 22 to 25 specifies the persons who are liable to obtain GST Registration.

Every person who is engaged in supply of goods or rendering of services or both will  be liable to be registered for the GST if

  1. Aggregate Turnover in a financial year of taxable supply of Goods or services exceeds Rs. 20 Lac or
  2. Aggregate Turnover in a financial year of taxable supply of goods or services exceeds Rs. 10 Lac if person is located at North Eastern area ( Manipur , Arunachal Pradesh , Nagaland , Meghalaya , Assam , Tripura & Mizoram , Sikkim , Jammu & Kashmir , Himachal
    Pradesh & Uttarakhand )

The Kerala government wisely cuts its losses by relaxing restrictions on bar licences

The Kerala government’s new liquor policy is a pragmatic step that may help boost its revenue and retrieve lost ground in the tourism sector. More important, it will end the discrimination in favour of five-star hotels. Kerala’s erstwhile United Democratic Front government had restricted bar permits to five-star hotels alone, resulting in more than 700 hotels of other categories losing their bar licences. Under the new policy, hotels in the three- and four-star category may also have bars that serve Indian Made Foreign Liquor. Two-star hotels are permitted to serve wine and beer. At the same time, the Left Democratic Front government in the State has sought to give a boost to the traditional toddy business by allowing hotel bars to sell toddy too. To partially offset criticism, it has raised the legal drinking age from 21 to 23. The new excise policy is, of course, no surprise as the LDF election manifesto had made it clear that it does not favour prohibition and would rather emphasise on voluntary abstinence. In a State that has a high per capita alcohol consumption, there is a case for a vigorous campaign about the ill-effects of being addicted to alcohol, as opposed to one that makes liquor scarce and encourages bootlegging. The government has waited for a year before unveiling the changes it wanted, least it is seen as acting in undue haste. Politically, the LDF is on firm ground. The UDF regime’s hardline liquor policy was the result of an internal game of one-upmanship between factions, and that decision did not help it return to power.

Some opposition to the new policy is expected from influential religious groups as well as opposition parties. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has justified his decision to liberalise the sector by describing the earlier policy, which had received the Supreme Court’s approbation as well, as a ‘fiasco’, as the restrictions on the sale of liquor had brought down tourism traffic, caused job losses and led to a spike in drug abuse. He will now have to ensure that the purported positive outcomes, such as revitalising the tourism sector and the hotel industry, boosting employment and ending the brewing of hooch are actualised on the ground. The big challenge lies in pursuing this policy without violating the Supreme Court’s ban on having liquor outlets within 500 metres of national and State highways. News that a 1983 document of the Indian Roads Congress has said all highways automatically become arterial roads or sub-arterial roads while passing through urban areas gives a new dimension to the highway ban. State governments may now consider examining this aspect to get the Supreme Court to relax its highway ban in respect of hotels located within towns and cities. As protests mount against relocating bars from highways to interior residential areas, the situation calls for a pragmatic and holistic solution.

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Kerala is one of the smallest states in south India. The capital city of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram it is one of the cleanest city in India. Most of the tourist use Thiruvananthapuram international airport and Kochi international airport.


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