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Rise in influx of foreign tourists in Kerala: Tourism Minister

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017,15:18 IST By anju A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala has registered a 6.23 per cent increase in foreign tourist arrivals in 2016, welcoming over 10.38 lakh visitors to the state, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said here today.

A total of 10,38,419 foreign tourists visited the state in 2016, while 9,77,479 came in 2015, he told the assembly during question hour.

On plans to promote tourism, Surendran said, the government proposes to promote rural and cultural tourism in the state.

A comprehensive scheme to promote the sector by linking rivers and lakes was also under consideration, he said.

Home stay would be actively encouraged in places like Ponmudi and Kotoor in the district, he added.