SC Verdict will Spell Doom for Kerala’s Tourism Sector: Kadakampally Surendran


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran has said that the Supreme Court order to remove all  liquor shops on the sides of the national and state highways will spell doom for the tourism sector.

The advantage Kerala had in the tourism sector will be lost. International, national and state-level conferences to be held in Kerala will be cancelled owing to this decision, the Minister said.

Kadakampally Surendran said not just hotels and restaurants, even allied employment like tourist taxis and guides would be affected by the decision

“This is the final nail in the coffin of Kerala tourism,” said Dr. V Venu IAS, State Tourism Principal Secretary said reacting to the SC verdict.

A survey conducted by the Tourism Department on the UDF’s excise policy had estimated that the rate of growth of tourist arrivals had fallen from 20 per cent to 13 per cent. It also felt that the sector would lose Rs. 7000 crore as a result of prohibition, he said. “And now the Supreme Court has delivered the knockout punch,” Dr. Venu said.

“The governments should come up with an option without dishonouring the Supreme Court verdict,” said Abraham George, President, Kerala Travel Mart.