Thiruvananthapuram: Kadakampally Surendran, Kerala’s Tourism Minister, has launched the work on India’s first public sector hotel run entirely by women for women in the State capital. A flagship project of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), the hotel named ‘Hostess’ will come up within six months at the KTDFC complex at the main bus station in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Central Railway Station.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said this project is a milestone initiative of KTDC, considering its purpose, security features and facilities of global standards at affordable rates. “There are many services being offered by KTDC which are affordable to common people and the facilities at ‘Hostess’ at economic rates are expected to be of global standards,” Surendran said. Stating that tourism was a priority sector for the State, he lauded the initiatives of KTDC to create top-class facilities for visitors.
"The Government has given administrative sanction of Rs 17.5 crore to set up a 42-room budget hotel at Kanyakumari. The nod of the local self-government institutions in Tamil Nadu is awaited to start the work,” he said.
Listing the other key projects on the anvil, he said around Rs 39.6 crore has been sanctioned through KIIFB for development works at Muzhappilangad beach near Kannur and Rs 7.69 crore for Kumarakom water scapes through destination development.
“Also, Rs. 1 crore each has been allotted for the development of Samudra Hotel, Kovalam and Tea County, Munnar. Besides, Rs 2.6 crore has been sanctioned for tourism amenities centre at Thekkady and Rs 3.1 crore for the renovation of cottages at Ponmudi,” the Minister explained.
Presiding over the function, M Vijayakumar, Chairman, KTDC, said, “this all-woman hotel is a first-of-its-kind initiative from a government institution in the country.”
“We give more emphasis to security and safety features besides comfort and convenience. If it becomes a success here, similar hotels will be set up in other cities of the state,” said Vijayakumar.
‘Hostess’ will offer state-of-the-art facilities, including automated security features, technology-oriented check-ins and checkouts, laundry service, complimentary breakfast, microwave oven and fitness centre. “It is women-friendly, stylish and offers all comforts to women travellers. We mainly target women officials, researchers, sportspersons, teenage girls, business women and pilgrim groups, who arrive in the city for short stay,” said Rahul R, IRS, Managing Director, KTDC.
The hotel will have 22 AC rooms and two AC dormitories to host 28 people at a time. Rooms will be charged at Rs. 1,500 and the dormitory facility Rs. 500 for four hours. The hotel will be run by female staff from bottom rung to managerial positions.
Apart from modern facilities, it will also offer safety and security features for women travellers, who have easy access to railway and bus station from the hotel.
V S Sivakumar, MLA; K P Krishna Kumar, Member, Board of Directors, KTDC; E M Najeeb, Senior Vice President, IATO; and M V Jayalekshmi, ward councillor also attended the function.