Luxury cruise ship with domestic tourists reaches the shores of Kochi

V Sajeev Kumar Kochi | Updated on September 22, 2021

Ship signals the opening of Covid-hit Kerala’s tourism sector

Signalling the re-opening of the pandemic-hit tourism sector in Kerala for upcountry visitors, a luxury cruise from Mumbai with 1,200 travellers on board reached the shores of Kochi on Wednesday.

The luxury liner MV Empress, owned by Cordelia Cruises, anchored at Cochin Port, Willingdon Island, at around 5 am. Around 800 guests on the ship, hailing from various States, disembarked at Kochi to explore a slice of the rich culture and history of the port city, in an on-shore tour adhering to Covid-19 protocols.

The cruise ship will leave for Kadamat, Lakshadweep, in the afternoon. Voyager Kerala is the tour agent organising the Kochi sight-seeing of the trip.

The tourists were taken to Mattancherry and Fort Kochi, touching several points of historical importance for which the area is famed. A boat ride on the backwaters has also been arranged for the visitors to mesmerise them with beauty of Kochi — the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’.

Promising start

Kerala Tourism Minister P A Mohamed Riyas said, “The arrival of domestic tourists marks a promising start to the full-scale resumption of Kerala Tourism, overcoming the pandemic-induced crisis. This trend is set to gain pace in the coming days. “

“Kerala is a safe and secure place for lock-down weary vacationers to come as we have put in place an efficient and meticulous bio-bubble model to create protective layers of inoculated service providers to receive and host tourists,” the Minister added.

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Venu V, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, said, “The tourism sector in Kerala is fast reconfiguring itself from the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. All destinations across the State are getting ready to receive guests. We are looking forward to a busy season ahead.”

V R Krishna Teja, Director, Tourism, said, tourism activities in Kerala are regaining its full pace. The recently announced visitor and stakeholder friendly Caravan Tourism policy will expedite the process.

Published on September 22, 2021

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