Biggest tour operator seeks to stop ‘killing’ stray dogs – The New Indian Express

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The global acceptance of the false campaign that stray dogs are being mass killed in Kerala has worried domestic tour operators as they fear the issue is driving tourists, especially foreign visitors, away from the state. Citing the concerns of foreign tourists, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), the national body for tour operators, has written to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asking him to end the “massacre” of dogs in the state. In the letter, the IATO said foreign tour operators and international tourists had expressed concerns about the “horrible and inhumane” way the situation was being handled.

“It is widely reported that Kerala kills stray dogs. This is bad because international tourists are extremely sensitive to the issue,” IATO senior vice president EM Najeeb told TNIE. He said the letter was written following news from Kerala of stray dog ​​attacks and rabies deaths.

“Our headquarters in New Delhi receives many calls from foreign operators and tourists regarding the killing of stray dogs. This is becoming a sensitive issue globally. IATO, through the letter, was intended to bring this to the attention of the state government,” Najeeb said. In the letter, IATO President Rajiv Mehra said the killing of dogs should not be allowed and alternative measures, as announced by the CM, should be taken to ensure that tourism in Kerala is not affected.

However, IATO’s letter has not gone down well in Kerala, with many tourism stakeholders in the state calling it an overreaction. “This is not the first time that Kerala has faced the threat of stray dogs. A few years ago there was a similar crisis and the government handled it without dog slaughter,” said Aneesh Kumar PK, CEO of The Travel Planners, a Kerala-based tour operator. He said that before sending the letter, IATO should have consulted its members in Kerala.

Provide extra attention to tourists

“Also, he should tackle other serious issues plaguing tourism instead of writing letters based on false facts,” Aneesh said. Meanwhile, tour operators and guides provide special attention to tourists visiting the state.

“So far, the problem of stray dogs has not affected the tourism sector. However, there are concerns – about tourists getting good treatment here if bitten by a dog or any other animal and about the effectiveness of the rabies vaccine,” said Sreekanth S, a tour guide from the Kerala.

“IATO overreacted”
Tourism stakeholders in the state have branded IATO’s letter to CM Kerala regarding the stray dog ​​issue an overreaction.
They say IATO should have consulted with Kerala members before sending the letter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The global acceptance of the false campaign that stray dogs are being mass killed in Kerala has worried domestic tour operators as they fear the issue is driving tourists, especially foreign visitors, away from the state. Citing the concerns of foreign tourists, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), the national body for tour operators, has written to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asking him to end the “massacre” of dogs in the state. In the letter, the IATO said foreign tour operators and international tourists had expressed concerns about the “horrible and inhumane” way the situation was being handled. “It is widely reported that Kerala kills stray dogs. This is bad because international tourists are extremely sensitive to the issue,” IATO senior vice president EM Najeeb told TNIE. He said the letter was written following news from Kerala of stray dog ​​attacks and rabies deaths. “Our headquarters in New Delhi receives many calls from foreign operators and tourists regarding the killing of stray dogs. This is becoming a sensitive issue globally. IATO, through the letter, was intended to bring this to the attention of the state government,” Najeeb said. In the letter, IATO President Rajiv Mehra said the killing of dogs should not be allowed and alternative measures, as announced by the CM, should be taken to ensure that tourism in Kerala is not affected.However, the IATO letter has not been well received in Kerala, many tourism stakeholders in the state calling it an overreaction. “This is not the first time that Kerala has faced the threat of stray dogs. A few years ago there was a similar crisis and the government handled it without dog slaughter,” said Aneesh Kumar PK, CEO of The Travel Planners, a tour operator e based in Kerala. He said that before sending the letter, IATO should have consulted its members in Kerala. Ensuring Extra Attention to Tourists “Furthermore, he should tackle other serious issues plaguing tourism instead of writing letters based on false facts,” Aneesh said. Meanwhile, tour operators and guides provide special attention to tourists visiting the state. “So far, the problem of stray dogs has not affected the tourism sector. However, there are concerns – about tourists getting good treatment here if bitten by a dog or any other animal and about the effectiveness of the rabies vaccine,” said Sreekanth S, a tour guide from the Kerala. ‘IATO overreacted’ Tourism stakeholders in the state have branded IATO’s letter to Kerala CM over the stray dog ​​issue an overreaction. They say IATO should have consulted with Kerala members before sending the letter