Nature & Wildlife

No jungle lure: Number of foreign visitors decreasing

BENGALURU

Kabini River Lodge, which used to see more than 2,000 international tourists, saw only 575 last year. The decrease is being put down to economic slowdown and efforts are on to reverse the trend

When the state was crowned the ‘Tiger Capital’ of the country a few years ago, the government virtually pulled out all stops to promote eco tourism. But the thrill of being on big game drives appears to be waning. The number of tourists — especially foreigners — has dropped drastically and the government is now mulling ways to lure tourists back.

Going by figures made available by government-run Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), several popular eco tourism destinations have seen a huge drop in numbers. For example, the Kabini River Lodge, located on the banks of the backwaters of the Kabini, used to see more than 2,000 international tourists. However, until December last year (for the year 2013-14), only 575 foreign tourists had visited. Statistics for other popular safari destinations are just as grim.

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