Trivandrum: Responsible Tourism Mission, a project under Kerala Tourism with the objective of participatory development with the local community in tourism centres was inaugurated today by the Minister for Tourism, Shri Kadakampalli Surendran. He also launched various Onam packages by Responsible Tourism mission to be executed this season.
The project named ‘Nattinpurangalil Onam Unnaam, Onasammanangal Vangam’ comprises various Onam packages for tourists by integrating small enterprises run by the local community and responsible tourism units. This project will help interested local families to welcome tourists to their homes and treat them with Onasadya and to let the tourists participate in household Onam celebrations.
“The government policy is to ensure income for the local community through tourism sector and we are hopeful about the new venture. All the projects executed by Responsible Tourism mission is aimed to be beneficial to the local community as well as in line with nature. The government has allotted and sanctioned Rs. 4.5 Crores for the new venture” said the Minister.
This is for the first time, Tourism Department is providing an opportunity for the tourists to know Onam, participate in its celebrations, enjoy Onasadya, watch Onakalikal and take part in them. Both foreigners and natives will equally benefit from the project.
“Started in seven destinations, the project will be extended across the State in the coming season. So far, as many as 126 households, 63 home stays and 34 restaurants have come forth for the package. Around 650 families across the destinations have registered to explore the feast Onasadya. Also, we hosted around 170 international tourists and 146 domestic tourists under Onam packages of responsible tourism. The packages will continue until September 30th”, said P Balakiran IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism.
The project which focuses in and around the destinations such as Wayanad, Kovalam, Kumarakam, Vaikom and Bakel, has two stages. “The Onam gifts provided to the tourists will be destination specific products and souvenirs. Rather than casually visiting the rural areas of Kerala, the tourists can enjoy the authentic Onam celebrations being held in Kerala, with RT Onam packages”, said Rupesh Kumar K, State RT mission coordinator, Kerala Responsible Tourism mission.
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