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Kerala bags best ‘Best Destination for Families’ award

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Friday bagged the ‘Best Destination for Families’ award through an online poll conducted by Lonely Planet magazine.

 

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Tourism Secretary Rani George said “it feels overwhelming that the tourism industry players have appreciated the efforts of the Kerala Tourism Department”.

The Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Award 2018 recognizes the best travel destinations among various categories and winners are chosen by an online readers’ survey.

 

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Over the years, Kerala has witnessed tremendous growth in tourist arrivals with an increase of 11.39 per cent in domestic arrivals in 2017, compared to the previous year.

 

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During 2017, 1,46,73,520 tourists visited the state, up from 1,31,72,535 in 2016.

 

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In terms of revenue, total foreign exchange from the tourism sector during 2017 increased 8.29 per cent to Rs 8,392.11 crore, as compared to 2016.

The total revenue from tourism grew from Rs 29,658 crore to Rs 33,383 crore.

 

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The Tourism Department has set an ambitious target of increasing domestic tourist arrivals by 50 per cent and doubling the foreign tourists by 2021.

 

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Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers

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The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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