Kollam to host Southern Regional Conference of Tourism Ministers

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Trivandrum: The Tourism Ministers from Southern States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Puducherry; Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep will meet in Kollam for the two-day Second Southern Regional Conference of Tourism Ministers on August 20 & 21, 2011, to chalk out joint strategies to woo foreign tourists and identify common tourism circuits, among other things.

The Ministers will deliberate on strategies for promoting state and inter-state tourism, identification of circuits and destinations for their development in mission mode through integrated planning, public private partnership (PPP) and convergence of resources, future perspectives and strategies for tourism development in the States and other new initiatives.

Union Minister for Tourism, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai; Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy; Kerala Tourism Minister, A P Anilkumar; Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, R H Khwaja; Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Anand Kumar and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Sanjay Kothari will address the inaugural session. The conference, scheduled at Quilon Beach Hotel and being held in accordance with the directions of the Union Tourism Ministry, will be attended by the senior officials along with the Tourism Ministers of the Southern States.

A P Anilkumar said, “The Conference will chalk out strategies to attract foreign tourists to South India in a big way through joint initiatives. Kerala Tourism will also explore possibilities of launching joint programmes with other States in the meetings between the ministers and officials. There is also a plan to link the employment guarantee scheme with the responsible tourism projects”.

Dr. Venu V, Kerala Tourism Secretary said, “The Conference will offer a platform for sharing the experiences in the sector between the States and pick up valuable lessons for further improvement. While many States are keen to further learn about the responsible tourism projects of Kerala, we can also adopt the positives from the successful models in the other States”.

The meeting will also deliberate on utilisation of funds, timely completion of central projects, initiatives to achieve sustainable tourism growth and implementation of safe and honourable tourism in the States, and future strategies for tourism development.

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