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The News Minute | August 29, 2014 | 10:20 am IST The Kerala Tourism Ministry has signed a MoU with the low-budget carrier GoAir. The carrier will offer discounted fares exclusively for those who visit the state for holidaying.  'Through this arrangement both parties benefit and we hope more airlines will come forward to have an agreement with us as it's going to be a win-win situation for both,' Kerala Tourism Secretary Mr. Suman Billa said. ‘There was a symbiotic relation between aviation and tourism industries,’ he added. There already exists a similar agreement with Jet Airways. According to a report in Sify, the offer shall be applicable only as a bundled package along with a Kerala holiday, and will be available on GoAir flights to Kerala from eight cities. The airline will also have a fixed allocation of seats for a two-year period. The MoU is being signed at a time when the Kerala government is at loggerheads with many air carriers over the unjustifiable hike in travel fares to the Gulf region during the Onam season. Read Onam Air Travel to be Dearer for Gulf Malayalees, CM Resents Also,it is being signed at a time when the Kerala government has taken serious steps to shut down bars in order to make Kerala a dry state. However, the non-availability of liquour isn’t going to take a toll on tourism in Kerala, opines the Vice President of GoAir Mr. Manoj Dharmani.  'The beauty of Kerala is the biggest advantage tourism offers here and many in northern India speak so high of Kerala tourism, so liquor is not an issue,' he said.
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