Kerala Tourism’s Green Carpet Action Plan Set to Roll
Thiruvananthapuram: As part of implementing Responsible Tourism initiatives in the state, Kerala Tourism organised a workshop here. P Bala Kiran IAS, Tourism Director, spoke on the new Tourism Policy, Responsible Tourism and the Green Carpet Action Plan formulated by the Government at event.
"The implementation of Tourism Policy 2017 will commence with the rolling out of Green Carpet Action Plan 2017-18. The Tourism Department will also implement the Green Protocol at 78 locations by December 15," said Bala Kiran.
On the Green Carpet Action Plan, he said it has been formulated by including nine agendas which assimilate concepts from the total 16 agendas related to tourism that are being discussed and deliberated upon worldwide. The Plan, in fact, aims at transforming the tourism sector in Kerala into different travel-friendly destinations.
Pointing out that Responsible Tourism forms the crux of the State Government’s tourism policy, Bala Kiran said the features incorporated are people-friendliness, nature-friendliness and aspects that remain socially acceptable.
Calling upon the participants at the workshop to ensure that the benefits of tourism development in Kerala reach the general public, Bala Kiran said the Tourism Department and the State Government have been working towards successful implementation of Responsible Tourism by ensuring nature-friendly and waste-free initiatives.
Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism and Dr. Venu V IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, have been instrumental in effectively charting out the Plan so that it could be implemented in a hassle-free manner.
Stating that the tourism destinations in Kerala are high on the national and international travellers’ itineraries, he said the Green Carpet Action Plan centres round the nine aspects such as: Scientific system for collection and management of solid waste; Well-maintained public toilets and their management; Improved accessibility and well-maintained lighting system, pathways, signage, tourist facilities and equipment; Safe drinking water and food; Adoption of green principles and moving towards carbon neutrality; Facilities for authentic information, feedback and complaint redressal; Trained and responsible staff, volunteers and service providers with distinguishable name badges; and Community participation in development, operation and management. Further, every tour destination in Kerala will be made differently-abled friendly too, he said.
“District-level meetings will be organised between November 30 and December 8 to ensure that the Action Plan is carried out without glitches,” said Bala Kiran. The meetings will have the participation of the District Collector, MLA of the respective constituency, and other people’s representatives.
Bala Kiran called upon the district authorities to ensure that all cleaning activities are completed by December 15. During the second week of December, a state-level workshop will be organised, while district-level workshops will held between December 8 and 15. Destination-level workshops will be organised between December 10 and 18, he said.
Rupesh Kumar, Responsible Tourism State Coordinator; and Satheesh, Planning Officer were among those who took part in the event along with the Tourism Director.