Kerala CM Launches Rs. 25-crore Heritage Restoration Project to Mark 100 Years of Mascot Hotel
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan the other day inaugurated a Rs. 25-crore project for the restoration of the heritage of the iconic Mascot Hotel here, coinciding with the celebrations of 100 years of the hospitality pioneer.
The comprehensive project, drawn up by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), was unveiled close on the heels of Mascot Hotel bagging the five-star status.
The Chief Minister also unveiled the plaque to mark the historic occasion and opened a month-long exhibition that vividly depicts the 100 years of glorious service of the trailblazer in the hospitality sector in Kerala.
Kadakampally Surendran, State Tourism Minister, presided over the function held at Mascot Hotel.
In his presidential address, Surendran said that Mascot has got the unique distinction of the maiden five-star hotel in the public sector.
Recalling the history and fame of the institution, he said, “In the hotel map published by the Bombay-based Indian Hotel Company in 1937, Mascot was one among the four hotels listed from South India. In 1965, it came under KTDC.”
M Vijayakumar, Chairman, KTDC, delivered a felicitation speech while Rahul R IRS, MD, KTDC, welcomed the gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Vijayakumar said, “Mascot Hotel is a priceless treasure of Kerala. It is the Jewel in KTDC’s crown. The heritage restoration project will be carried out without in any way harming its distinguishing architectural features.”
P Bala Kiran IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism was also present.
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.