Trivandrum: As the iconic Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram is celebrating its centenary with a Five-Star status, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has drawn up a comprehensive project for the restoration of the heritage of the trailblazer of hospitality segment, on a budget of Rs 25 crores. The project will be inaugurated on February 27, 2019.
Briefing the media, M Vijayakumar, Chairman, KTDC said, “Mascot Hotel is a priceless treasure of Kerala. It is the Jewel in KTDC’s crown. It has been a witness to the history of the last 100 years. The restoration will be carried out without in any way harming its heritage and the distinguishing architectural features.”
The works to be taken up include strengthening of the building, rooms, passages, beautification of the premises and improving the amenities. They will be completed in two phases within a year. The project to strengthen and preserve the heritage property will be carried out under the leadership of Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society (ULCCS). The Government has already accorded administrative sanction for Rs 5 crores for the project.
Originally an accommodation unit for officers of the Royal British Army during the First World War (1914- 1918), during the reign of the Kingdom of Travancore, Mascot has passed through a long history while emerging as the premium brand in Kerala’s hospitality sector.
The Hotel, which now enjoys the Five-Star status, has hosted a long list of distinguished personalities including top national leaders, diplomats, foreign dignitaries, writers and captains of industry.
Rahul R, MD, KTDC was also present at the press conference.
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