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PM Modi’s Visit Sparks Renewed Interest in Lakshadweep Tourism Despite Dip in Airport Movements

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Lakshadweep has rekindled interest in the picturesque island chain, even as derogatory remarks from three Maldivian ministers against India and PM Modi stir diplomatic tensions. The aftermath of these events has brought the spotlight back on Lakshadweep’s tourism sector, with a noticeable surge in public curiosity.

PM Modi's Visit Sparks Renewed Interest in Lakshadweep Tourism Despite Dip in Airport Movements

According to data from the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Agatti airport, a key gateway to Lakshadweep, reported 1,080 aircraft movements during the recent period. This figure represents a decline compared to 1,482 movements recorded from April to November 2022 and 1,202 movements during the same period in 2021. Similar trends were observed in earlier years, excluding 2020 when the travel and tourism industry globally faced disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fluctuations in airport movements suggest a dynamic pattern influenced by various factors, including geopolitical events and the ongoing diplomatic discourse. Despite the recent dip in these numbers, the renewed interest in Lakshadweep, sparked by PM Modi’s visit, hints at the resilient allure of the island chain.

As travelers explore the potential of Lakshadweep’s pristine beauty, the tourism sector anticipates a possible rebound. The island’s unique appeal, coupled with the natural charm it offers, may contribute to a revival in tourism activity, showcasing the enduring attraction of Lakshadweep on the global travel map.