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Monday, 04 December, 2017, 12 : 00 PM [IST]

Kerala Tourism set to implement Green Carpet Action Plan

As part of implementing responsible tourism initiatives in the state, the Kerala Tourism department organised a workshop in Thiruvananthapuram recently.  P Bala Kiran, IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism and MD of Kannur International Airport elaborated on the new Tourism Policy, Responsible Tourism and the Green Carpet Action Plan formulated by the government at the workshop.

He said, "The Tourism policy 2017 implementation will commence with the implementation of Green Carpet action plan 2017-18. Also, the tourism department shall implement Green Protocol in all 78 locations by Dec 15."

Speaking on the Green Carpet Action Plan, Kiran said that the action plan has been formulated by including nine agendas by inculcating the points from the total 16 agendas that is being discussed and deliberated upon worldwide. The Green Carpet Action Plan, in fact, aims at transforming the tourism sector in Kerala into different travel-friendly destinations. The plan is being implemented by imbibing the points in the new tourism policy. The general development aspects that have been put forward by the Tourism policy, the Green Kerala Mission and Responsible Tourism are being implemented in this regard, he said. 

The tourism department and the state government have been working towards successful implementation of Responsible Tourism by ensuring nature-friendly and waste-free initiatives, he added. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism and Dr. Venu V, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism have been effectively charting out the plan so that it could be implemented in a hassle-free manner.

Stating that the tourism destinations in Kerala are high on the national and international travellers’ itineraries, he said that the Green Carpet Action Plan centres round the nine aspects. 

Kiran informed the participants that district-level meetings will be organised between November 30 and December 8 to ensure the action plan is carried out with no glitches whatsoever. The meetings will have the participation of the District Collector, MLA of the respective constituency, and other people’s representatives. 
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