However, when 2.03 lakh foreign tourists arrived in the state in 2016 monsoon, their number rose to merely 2.15 lakh this year.
In short, when domestic tourist arrivals showed a growth of 37 per cent during the four-year period, the growth of foreign tourist arrivals is less than 6 per cent.
According to tourism department officials, the data is revealing a changing trend in tourist arrivals in the state, especially foreign tourists.
When destinations such as Kochi, Alappuzha and Munnar have been showing an impressive performance, Thiruvananthapuram, a major attraction in the 1990s, is losing its charm for foreign tourists.
Further, destinations like Kovalam are not as popular now as they used to be among foreign tourists owing to various reasons including poor upkeep of the places.