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European tourists rise in Kerala

Tourist arrivals from Europe have registered a remarkable 4.8 per cent increase in ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala during the year till October despite the Eurozone recovery losing steam. A total of 4,20,247 European travellers arrived in the state between January and October this year as against 4,01,063 during the whole of last year amid many West European countries struggling to protect their economies in the aftermath of the Greek debt crisis and the downturn in China, an official release said.


“Europe remains the number one traditional market for Kerala while we have been able to create strong markets in several countries abroad along with finding new ones,” AP Anilkumar, Tourism Minister said in the release.”This is evident from the fact that more number of tourists from European countries has visited our state so far this year compared to last year in spite of their economies encountering hurdles in a full recovery,” he said. More tourists continued to arrive in Kerala last year even from countries like Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany, whose less than expected economic growth is worrying financial analysts.