Kozhikode: In a significant turn of events, Kerala’s tourism sector, grappling with the looming Nipah virus scare, is finally finding relief, with no new Nipah cases reported in recent days. Booking cancellations at resorts, homestays, villas, and hotels have decreased. This positive development has invigorated the state’s tourism department. The tourism sector has also launched an online campaign to allure tourists, including foreigners, for the upcoming tourism season.
The Nipah scare had taken a toll on Kerala’s thriving tourism industry, particularly in regions like Wayanad, where cancellations for November, December, and January bookings had surged. The uncertainty surrounding the virus had created a crisis within the sector, raising concerns about its survival.
Nipah, a deadly virus that had previously plagued the state, has always been a cause for concern, given its potential to disrupt daily life and tourism activities. As a precautionary measure, the Malabar Tourism Meet was also postponed during the height of the scare.
With the Nipah scare subsiding, it is anticipated that more domestic tourists will flock to Kerala during the upcoming Pooja and Diwali holidays. This influx of visitors is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the ailing tourism sector.