Kochi: “I give emphasis to Kerala Tourism’s ability to recoup after a severe natural calamity as an epitome wherever I go. We bounced back defeating all the never-seen-before challenges. It gives the positive sign that tourism has regained its vigour post the flood,” remarked KJ Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) at the tenth edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) at Samudrika and Sagara Convention Centre, Wellington Island, Kochi on Friday.
He made the observation after inaugurating the exhibition stalls including that of Responsible Tourism put up by Kerala’s Department of Tourism. The minister visited the various exhibition stalls at the venue.
Decked up to look like a mini Kerala, the pavilion is a platform for world-class buyers and sellers to interact and promote businesses, giving a fresh impetus to Kerala’s tourism industry that generates an annual turnover of Rs. 34,000 crore and provides employment to 25 lakh people.
On Sunday, the public will be permitted free entry, while the KTM business meets at Wellington Island are only for delegates. They will need to register in advance.
Rani George IAS, Tourism Secretary, Kerala; Baby Mathew, President, KTM Society; M Vijayakumar, Chairman, KTDC; E M Najeeb, Senior Vice President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO); and Abraham George, former President, KTM, accompanied the minister.