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K P Nandakumar said Nilakurinji blooming season is on and most roads to Munnar have been made motorable.
Another high profile event—the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KBM)—will be held from December 12, 2018, to March 29, 2019.
All Kerala House Boat Owners Association president Josekutty Joseph said, over 100 boats have begun cruises and the industry is limping back.
Kerala Tourism got the first gold for its 'Yalla Kerala' travel advertisement print media campaign in the Gulf countries and second for an innovative poster for Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
A senior officer said it has chalked out a set of plans to send a message to the outside world that Kerala has bounced back from the flood.
Several agencies associated with the tourism industry were at the forefront of the rescue and relief operations in the state.
The heavy rain and the subsequent floods which ravaged the state, affecting the lives of lakhs of people, had a devastating impact on the tourist hotspots in the district.
The tourism industry in Kerala, which accounts for 12 per cent of the state's economy, has come to a grinding halt.
The deluge has forced the state to cancel the decades-old Nehru Trophy boat race, which has been a big tourism draw, especially among foreigners, for many years now.
People started to move from the backwaters to the mainland of Alappuzha.
Given the cumulative effect of all these, the tourism industry has nosedived after being on an upward trajectory for a decade.
S Vijayakumar, secretary, DTPC Ernakulam, said a number of tickets were sold by the DTPC. But since the event has been cancelled, foreigners are cancelling the ticket.
When the rain unleashed its fury, the department had to turn its focus to rehabilitation, especially when reports of tourists being stranded in regions like Idukki came out.
With tourist flow to Munnar regulated, Nehru Trophy boat race postponed, hotels and tour operators are getting numerous cancellations in past two days.
Last year, as many as 563 people - including 151 foreign tourists and 268 domestic travellers - enjoyed their Onam feast as part of the special project, which netted a sum of Rs 7.27 lakh.