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Kerala pips Rajasthan
in hotel survey
Kerala has toppled Rajasthan as the most hospitable state with a maximum of 42 winning hotels in an independent survey by a website. After Kerala and Rajasthan came Goa, Delhi and Karnataka. The top three states are predictable favourites with both domestic and foreign travellers. This has reflected in top-of-the-line hotels in these destinations. The awards are based on traveller reviews posted on the travel website.

TripAdvisor has come out with the 10th edition of the ‘Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards 2012’ globally and the third edition in India. Speaking about the awards, the site’s country manager Nikhil Ganju said, “Kerala has great hotels in the bed-and-breakfast category as well as the spa and relaxation one.’’ There were seven categories in which hotels were judged including luxury, bargain, trendiest hotels, relaxation and spa and B&Bs.

Internationally popular as an important destination for medical tourism, Kerala has the most number of properties in service and relaxation/ spa category. Kerala is the clear winner in the B&B category, with 10 out of 25 properties from the state making it to Top 25.The other states who made it on the list included Rajasthan that came second with 34 winning properties, Goa (26), Delhi (16) and Karnataka (15).

With over five million foreign tourists coming to India and a 6% year-on year growth of tourist arrivals the tourism industry appears to be thriving after a slump in the last couple of years

Source: TNN, Jan 19, 2012