The survey, 'Indian Hospitality Trends and Opportunities', conducted by hospitality consulting firm Hotelivate also reveals that the famed beach destination Kovalam here has earned third place in a list of top 15 destinations.
The toddy shop is about 16 km away from Kottayam.
The tourist inflow to the region began about 15 days ago this year, though the season hasn't started yet.
The first day will have a cultural procession, music fusion performance, tholpavakuthu show and more as part of the launch.
The death of 22 people in a boat accident at Tanur in Malappuram is the latest tragedy in a series that goes back over a decade.
Over the past two decades, the state has witnessed several tragic boat accidents that have claimed the lives of many.
Set in the scenic beauty of Vembanad lake, the eco-friendly initiatives taken by the Tourism Department and the display of the state's cultural heritage impressed the delegates.
The delegates highlighted the relevance of digital public infrastructure, the need to bridge the digital divide, and the usefulness of data for development.
Representatives from over 50 countries have reached Kumarakom so far this year.
While the main programmes of the meet are scheduled on March 30, 31 and April 1, cultural events and a boat trip are among the engagements planned on April 2.