Trivandrum: Chief Minister, Shri Ooommen Chandy today gave away the Kerala State Tourism Awards for 2013-14 for show of exceptional performance in the field at a function held in Thiruvananthapuram.
27 awards in three categories were primarily listed by an expert panel deputed by the Tourism Department. They were ratified after a thorough scrutiny by a high-powered committee under the Tourism Secretary.
Giving away the awards, the CM suggested that cash prizes also be given to all the awardees. Accepting the suggestion, Tourism Minister, Shri A P Anilkumar announced that cash awards will be given from next year onwards. Currently, the winners of tourism awards are given memento and certificate.
Intersight Tours and Travels won the best award for In-bound Tour Operator. Leela Kovalam (Raviz Group) bagged the award for the top five-star deluxe hotel, while Kumarakom Lake Resort won the best five-star hotel award. Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel has been adjudged the best four-star hotel, and Marari Beach of Alappuzha won the top three-star hotel award. Coconut Lagoon at Kumarakom is the best heritage hotel.
Somatheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort at Kovalam won the award for the best Ayurveda Centre, while Coconut Creek at Kumarakom won the Best Homestay award. The award for the Best Serviced Villa went to British County, Munnar, while the award for the Best Recognised Houseboat Operator went to Rainbow Cruise, Alappuzha.
The award for the best hotel manager went to Mathew C Thomas of Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam, while Oriental School of Hotel Management in Lakkidi of Wayanad pocketed the award for the best tourism management institute.
The award for new initiatives in tourism for this year went to Waterworld Live Museum of Ernakulam Tourist Desk, while Somatheeram Ayurveda Group, Thiruvananthapuram won the award for the best use of IT in tourism.
The best performance award in Responsible Tourism went to Our Land Backwater Resort initiative at Punnapra in Alappuzha by Chalukya Grace Tours. The Best Adventure Tourism Award went to Calypso Adventures of Kochi.
Some other awards are Best Tourism Police, Sanal Kumar A G (North Paravur) and S Ganesan (Alappuzha); Best Life Guard, Vergin S (Thiruvananthapuram) and Charles (Kannur); Best Tourism Guide, N R Ajayakumar (Thalassery); Best Tourism Destination, Wonder La, Kochi and Best Newcomer entrepreneur, Teak Town Serviced Villa, Malappuram.
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