COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – India’s southern state of Kerala is looking at the possibility of creating a new tourism circuit in partnership with Sri Lanka and the Maldives, a report said.
The aim is to boost tourist arrivals to all three countries while giving visitors a wider choice.
Indian Tourism Secretary G. Kamala Vardhana Rao held talks on the proposal with Sri Lankan Minister of Tourism Navin Dissanayak at the recent ITB Berlin tourism fair, The Hindu newspaper reported.
"Kerala is looking into the possibility of creating a new tourism circuit in partnership with Sri Lanka and the Maldives to enhance tourist arrivals," it said.
“A travel itinerary that includes three of the most popular destinations in South Asia will certainly appeal to many tourists,” the newspaper quoted Rao as saying.
The Tourism Secretary said Kerala was particularly looking at visitors from China and East Asia.
It would be a very interesting package that would offer many geographical and cultural similarities, and other unique experiences in each region, the Hindu newspaper said.
Rao said Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar had agreed to take the proposal forward after discussing with the Union government and the government of Sri Lanka.
The Tourism Minister would lead an official delegation to Sri Lanka in the last week of April to discuss the plan.
During the meeting with the Sri Lankan Minister, Rao discussed working out details of mutual tourism packages as part of the Visit Kerala Year 2015, the report said.