State must create job retention scheme in tourism sector: ATTOI


As a progressive measure to sustain livelihoods of those employed in the tourism sector, the Kerala state government should announce a job retention scheme in the wake of the corona virus pandemic, the Association of Tourism Trade Organisations India (ATTOI) has suggested. ATTOI said the government may pay the salaries of tourism employees in the private sector, so that the industry gets some time to crawl out of the crisis.

The tourism sector has been heavily impacted due to booking cancellations, resulting a massive drop in inbound tourism. The sector is likely to lose more than Rs 20,000 crore as a result of the crisis.

The massive fall in revenue can have an impact on jobs in the sector. Many of the travel and tourism companies, including hotels and resorts, may have to lay off employees to survive.

It is in this scenario that ATTOI has requested the state government to come up with a scheme that will help the employees in the sector to retain their jobs. This will certainly help the sector to tide over this crisis and serve a global brand like Kerala Tourism better.