Kerala script history luring 159.69 lakh domestic tourists in Jan-Sept; registers 19.34% growth

2023 will be a record-breaking year in domestic footfalls and Ernakulam district clocks the highest number of domestic and foreign tourists

The state saw an unprecedented surge in tourism, drawing in 159.69 lakh domestic tourists between January and September 2023, a significant leap from the 133.81 lakh visitors during the same period the previous year. Minister Riyas highlighted a substantial growth of 19.34%, marking an increase of 25.88 lakh visitors compared to 2022 and a staggering 21.12% surge from pre-pandemic numbers.

Ernakulam district stood out, attracting the highest domestic footfall with 33,18,391 tourists, followed closely by Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, and Wayanad. Minister Riyas expressed optimism, deeming 2023 as a potentially record-breaking year for domestic tourism in Kerala.

This surge not only showcases increasing visitor numbers but also underscores the success of Kerala Tourism’s strategic initiatives. Minister Riyas emphasized the state’s commitment to making tourism not just a business venture but a sustainable, enriching experience.

Foreign tourist arrivals also rose significantly, reaching 4,47,327 in the first nine months of 2023, a remarkable 116.25% increase from the 2,06,852 recorded during the same period in the previous year. Ernakulam again led in hosting foreign tourists, followed by Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Alappuzha, and Kottayam.

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