Kerala has rolled out a series of projects amounting to Rs 60 Crore that will bring visibility to 25 rural and semi-urban projects across the state.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, During the Inauguration ceremony, said that tourism in the state is on the comeback trail from the pandemic-induced crisis and the government is committed to providing all support to the sector
He noted that the Government did not allow the disruptions caused by COVID-19 to come in the way of implementation of tourism development projects across the state, which will position these destinations as must-see places for visitors.
In Kerala, tourism is a source of income for large sections of people. After remaining shut for eight months due to the pandemic, tourism centres in the state have started receiving visitors by strictly adhering to health protocols, thereby restoring the livelihood of the people affected by the disruption, the Chief Minister said.
The promotion of Responsible Tourism in a big way has brought benefit to local communities throughout the state, and the newly launched projects will boost their income. Also, it will help preserve our heritage including art, handicraft, unique farming methods and cuisine, Vijayan said.
Tourism Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran said the new projects will help tourism overcome from the crisis and maintain its status as India’s ‘Super Brand.’
Tourism is a key component of the state’s revenue and a major employment provider. So, tourism development projects are planned and implemented to achieve sustainable development goals, Shri Surendran added.
Tourism Director Shri P Bala Kiran IAS said these last years was a period that saw great progress in infrastructure development in tourism. The state has also launched new products such as Malanad River Cruise project, he said.
The projects dedicated include Thalassery Heritage Project Phase-1 (Kannur), Sasthampara Tourism Project (Thiruvananthapuram), Aranmula Destination Development (Pathanamthitta), Ramakkalmedu Tourism Development Project (Idukki), Kumarakom Cultural Centre, Thunchan Smaraka renovation (Malappuram) Kappad Beach Tourism Project (Kozhikode) and Bekal Beach Park (Kasaragod).