As part of reviving the industry that employs thousands across the state, the government has set up a revolving fund with an initial corpus of Rs 10 crore.
In a stinging attack on the Central government, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday blamed it for the neglect that tourism sector has been subjected to in the State.
The pandemic has devastated the sector that suffered a loss of Rs 25,000 crore and it will take two years to completely recover, he said while speaking at the World Tourism Day celebrations.
Under the banner ‘Save Kodagu from Tourism’, a group of 32 residents from the district demand closure of the tourism sector in the district for the months of October and November.
“With the arrival of this luxury cruise ship, the domestic tourism sector, which has been grappling with the pandemic, is expected to revive.
The stakeholders of tourism industry are asking the government to launch aggressive campaigns to promote tourism and woo domestic tourists to the state’s destinations.
Due to the closure of tourist season, there has been no tourism activity in the island and the society decided to disengage 151 casual labourers as their services are not required presently.
In debt due to pandemic, it is now banking on assistance from the State government
The bottom line was that Monday's Rs 6.3 lakh crore package had little fiscal component, with much of it comprising credit guarantees and the rest involving budget allocations.
According to an association, more than 10 lakh people in the State who are directly or indirectly associated to the sector have been affected by the pandemic in the last 14 months
The Tourism Ministry is continuously making efforts to make data available of hotels, homestays on a unified portal, NIDHI, to benefit tourists.
Recently disclosed earnings data for India’s travel and hospitality service providers highlights the damage that the pandemic is wrecking on the vast sector.