Kerala government to ‘relook’ ban on liquor bars, says Tourism Minister A C Moideen

By: | Updated: August 18, 2016 2:42 PM

A C Moideen , Kerala Tourism Minister on Thursday, decided to have the decision on the closure of liquor bars in busy tourist attractions under reconsideration.

A C Moideen was of the opinion that liquor should be made available at all bars and tourist hotspots. (PTI)A C Moideen was of the opinion that liquor should be made available at all bars and tourist hotspots. (PTI)

A C Moideen , Kerala Tourism Minister on Thursday, decided to have the decision on the closure of liquor bars in busy tourist attractions under reconsideration. Loss in the number of tourists in the state has forced a loss to the Tourism industry. The UDF government, during its regime, had closed down nearly 700 liquor bars attached to hotels classified below the 5-star category. The state has seen a severe dip in the arrival of tourists and loss of revenues following the act. Speaking to the media in Thiruvananthapuram, the minister said that the liquor policy had dealt a severe blow to the tourism in the state. He pointed out that the conferences have gone down as hotels do not serve liquor anymore, making the state lose out on the revenues. He was of the opinion that liquor should be made available at all bars and tourist hotspots. He informed the media that a report on the same issue had been submitted to the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The state of Kerala had 116,95,411 tourist arrivals in 2014 against 9,23,366 international visitors, while 2013, had better numbers with 108,57,811 Indian tourists and 8,58,143 international tourists. The state earned RS 6,398.93 crore in foreign exchange in 2014, with an increase of 15% while last saw a massive dip of 8.6% with only Rs 6,949.88 crore. The total revenue generated from tourism was Rs 24,885 crore in 20154 which was 12.11%, while 2015 saw only Rs 26,689.63 crore.

There have also been the cases of alcoholics shifting to other more harmful narcotics due to the restrictions on liquor in the state. Earlier on Wednesday, Minister T P Ramakrishnan said the Kerela liquor ban had forced alcoholics to take other narcotics. Thus the collection and distribution of other intoxicants including weed had drastically increased.

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