Tourist destinations in Kerala to be 100% ‘vaccinated zones’ by July 15

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Representational image of one of the tourist destinations in Kerala.

Kerala government will soon declare all its tourist destinations as complete “vaccinated zones”. The state government is mulling to provide COVID-19 jab to everyone in the tourism sector, which had suffered a massive loss due to the pandemic.

After including those working in the industry in the prioritised list, considering them as front line COVID fighters, the government has already started vaccinating them, Tourism minister PA Mohammed Riyas told the state Assembly.

“We are mulling to make famous tourist destinations in the state 100 per cent vaccinated zones by July 15 with the support of the health department,” he said during the question hour.

The minister also said the state tourism sector had incurred losses to the tune of Rs 33,675 crore due to the COVID-19 situation.

In order to resolve the issues in the tourism sector due to the pandemic, state Finance Minister KN Balagopal had announced a rejuvenation package for the sector and earmarked an amount of Rs 30 crore as government share for its revival.

In addition to the existing provision of Rs 100 crore, Rs 50 crore has been additionally earmarked to Tourism Department for marketing, he had said while presenting the budget.

Two new tourism circuits were also announced in the budget and Rs 50 crore was allocated for its implementation as part of efforts to strengthen the sector.

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