Prince Charles visit to boost Kerala tourism
The four-day official visit to Kerala by Prince Charles and his entourage is
expected to give a fillip to tourism, said AP Anilkumar, State Tourism Minister
here on Thursday.
He said the
decision of Prince Charles to choose Kerala for celebrating his birthday is
significant as the state, a top tourist destination in the world, receives the
biggest number of arrivals from Britain. “It is a matter of honour for Kerala
that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall chose the state to
celebrate his 65th birthday,” said Anilkumar here.
“We are truly
delighted that the royal couple enjoyed their stay in our state and experienced
the many facets of the serene beauty and diverse cultural life of Kerala,”
added the minister.
and his wife Camilla, who arrived on November 11 in Kerala, are on nine-day
visit to India. They had a taste of Kerala’s abundant natural beauty and rich
cultural heritage during their four-day stay.
ended Thursday, the day Prince Charles celebrated his 65th birthday. Kerala
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his family arrived at the tourist destination,
Kumarakom, to wish him happy birthday. The royal couple will leave from Kochi
for Colombo later in the day.
“The visit by
the British royal couple will leave a lasting effect on the state’s ever
growing international reputation among both domestic and international
travellers,” said Kerala Tourism director S Harikishore.
Kerala’s biggest tourism market outside India, accounting for nearly 150,000
arrivals last year. British travellers form a sizeable chunk, who repeat their
visits to the state.
guides publisher Lonely Planet named Kerala among the world’s 10 best
destinations for taking the family on a holiday in 2014.