Restoring roads to tourist spots to get priority: Minister

Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 3: Tourism in Kerala will soon bounce back from the flood-related damage with the state Government giving priority to speedy restoration of roads connecting major destinations, state Tourism Minister Sri Kadakampally Surendran said here today.

The Minister was speaking at a function got up here to honour tourism sector personnel, including life guards and boat drivers, who plunged into the rescue and relief operations during the devastating floods that hit Kerala recently.

“The major challenge faced by the tourism sector is damage suffered by roads connecting tourism destinations. The Government, however, is giving top priority to rebuilding these roads,” the Minister said.

The function, “Kaithanginoru Kooppukai,” was organised by the Kerala Tourism Department.

Apart from commendable services rendered by the tourism personnel in helping the affected communities the businesses and service providers from the sector had also pledged generous help to the rehabilitation process, he said.

“The tourism trade has played a commendable role in the rescue and rehabilitation operations, which needs to be applauded," Sri Surendran said.

 He said it was due to the efforts of the public and private sector that the Kerala Tourism could earn a great reputation across the world.

Sri K. Muraleedharan, MLA, who was present on the occasion, lauded services of youngsters at the hour of crisis.

The function was also attended by Sri Balakiran IAS; Tourism director, Kumari Mrinmayi Joshi; Addl. Tourism director, Sri K.G Mohan Lal, CMD; Kerala Tourism Infrastructure ltd,(KTIL).  Sri Rahul .R , M.D, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (K.T.D.C) ;Sri Baby Mathew, President, Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society   Sri. E.M Najeeb, National Vice President I.A.T.A; Dr. Rajasree Ajith, Director, K.I.T.T.S and Abraham George , National Tourism Advisory Committee member.   

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