Milma’s PET Bottle Curd of 500 gram, launched by its Thiruvananthapuram Regional Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union (TRCMPU) recently, has bagged the ‘Metro Product of the Year’ award.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Shri G R Anil presented the award to Shri N Bhasurangan, Convener, Administrative Committee, TRCMPU, at a function held at Hotel SP Grand Days, Trivandrum to mark the World Food Day. Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Smt J Chinchurani was present on the occasion. The Metro Food Brand Awards have been jointly instituted by Metro Mart and the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce & Industries with support from the South Kerala Hoteliers Forum.
Receiving the award, Shri Bhasurangan said TRCMPU is in the process of manufacturing yogurt along with other new products. “All the three regional unions of Milma are making coordinated efforts to raise the quality of Milma products to global standards,” he added.
The pet bottle Curd is made from skimmed milk using probiotic culture and hence is ideal for people with lifestyle diseases like Cholesterol and diabetes, as well as stomach and gastro-related illnesses.
As part of products diversification and scaling up of the marketing network, Milma has launched five new products in the last three months
Rs 1.97 cr-project set up with technical support of Indian Air Force
Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas inaugurated the Flight Simulator Museum (Air Force Museum) set up by the Department of Tourism with the technical support of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Akkulam Tourist Village here, coinciding with the 89th Foundation Day of IAF.
The museum, which takes the visitors through a simulated flight experience and has several other riveting features, has been built at a cost of Rs 1.97 crore.
“This project will be beneficial not only for Akkulam and the capital district but for entire Kerala Tourism. The museum gives an opportunity to know more about Indian Air Force. The aircraft-model museum and the flight engine will be a novel experience for visitors,” Shri Riyas said in his address.
Kerala Tourism had opened a new front that offers immense possibilities through the Caravan policy announced recently. The caravan parks will generate a lot of employment for local people. The Government will extend all support like quick approvals for electricity connection for setting up caravan parks. Caravan Tourism will also provide plenty of opportunities for local artistes to perform before tourists, earn income and sustain the art forms, Shri Riyas said.
Air Marshal J Chalapati, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command (SAC), IAF, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
In his address, Air Marshal Chalapati said, “the idea of setting up such a museum was mooted in 2018 and we got the nod from the government to go ahead with it in 2019. Kerala Tourism, which funded the project, was instrumental in the speedy execution of the project and it was completed in record time.”
“We have two objectives in establishing the museum. One is to make it highly attractive to visitors and the second is to motivate the youth of Kerala to join IAF. The flight simulator installed here will give a realistic experience for all,” he added.
The Air Force Museum project was conceived by Kerala Tourism in collaboration with Southern Air Command of IAF, whose headquarters is located close to the tourist village, to create awareness among the visitors about IAF and importance of national security.
Shri Kadakampally Surendran, MLA, who presided over the function, said, “For the conservation of Akkulam Lake, Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) has given in-principle sanction for Rs 185.23 crore. Of the total budget, KIIFB has already given approval for Rs 64.13 crore. But the implementation of the complete project needs another Rs 96 crore, for which we are awaiting KIIFB’s approval.”
The museum was completed in two phases. In the first phase, around Rs 98 lakh was spent for landscaping and creating flight model structure. In the second phase, administrative sanction for Rs 99 lakh was given for the construction of museum interior and other related works.
The two-floor aircraft-model museum has all the most modern facilities. A flight cockpit model with simulator and rest room facilities have been set up on the ground floor. The top floor has a Motivation Room for giving inspiration to visitors, photographs depicting the glorious history of IAF and an exhibition of IAF machinery.
Shri V R Krishna Teja, Director, Tourism, Kerala, in his welcome address, said the development of Akkulam Tourist Village is an important project for Kerala Tourism. The Air Force Museum is a key feature of the ambitious project being implemented by Kerala Tourism in the capital, he added. Ms Arya Rajendran, Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, said the Corporation would support all ventures like this in the tourism sector. She emphasised the need to maintain the museum and its surroundings properly for the promotion of tourism in the capital region.
Department of Tourism Joint Director Shri Shahul Hameed proposed a vote of thanks.
Air Vice Marshal D.V. Wani, SAC, IAF; Air Vice Marshal B.N. Kumar; Air Commodore J Jayachandran; and Ward Councillor Shri Suresh Kumar. S, were also present.
A total of Rs 9.34 crore has been spent for creating the musical fountain, renovation of artificial waterfall, coffeeshop, bicycle track, renovation of swimming pool, children’s park and sports equipment at the Tourist Village.0
Caravan Tourism: Next big thing for Kerala Tourism after houseboats in three decades
Rising to the demands and preferences of tourists in the post-pandemic world, Kerala announced a comprehensive, stakeholder-friendly Caravan Tourism Policy, promising the visitors a safe, customized, and closest-to-nature travel experience.
“This marks a paradigm shift in almost three decades after the state made it big with houseboat tourism that provided a unique experience to visitors and positioned the state as a major global destination,” Tourism Minister P A Mohamed Riyas said while unveiling the policy which offers attractive investment subsidy to Caravan operators.
“Like other successful tourism products of Kerala launched since 1990s, Caravan Tourism is also to be developed on PPP mode with private investors, tour operators and local communities being key stakeholders,” Shri Riyas said at a press conference
He said investment subsidy would be given to Caravan operators, the details of which would be announced soon.
“The policy envisages laying down the broad framework for the development and encouragement of Caravan Tourism in Kerala, predominantly in the private sector through incentivizing the purchase of caravans and for establishing caravan parks, chalking out the process and procedures for its operations and approvals”, the Minister added.
On this occasion, Riyas also unveiled the logo of Caravan Tourism. The project will be rolled out in the next few months.
“Caravan Tourism imparts an added thrust to the State’s inclusive approach of leveraging the tourism potential of the entire state by bringing to attention many an unexplored spot side-by-side the promotion of established destinations. Every unexplored destination can be made accessible with the rollout of this meticulously drawn-up policy,” said Dr. Venu V, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism.
The two major components of this activity are Tourism Caravans and Caravan Parks. While the first involves specially-built vehicles for travel, leisure, and stay, the Caravan Parks are designated places to park the vehicles and enable the visitors to spend a night or a day or station for an extended period to explore the destination.
Caravan Tourism will also promote Responsible Tourism activities for sustainable growth and for the benefit of the local communities, promote eco-friendly practices, and market for local products.
“Going by Kerala’s inherent strengths of natural beauty and tourism-friendly -culture, Caravan Tourism has immense scope for the state. Besides offering a
refreshing experience for the tourists, local communities stand to gain substantially by enabling them to showcase their culture and products before
the visitors”, said V R Krishna Teja, Director, Tourism.
There will be two types of caravans. In one model, two guests shall be accommodated, while the other is for a family of four members.
The tourism caravans will have all the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay such as sofa-cum-bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave oven, dining table, toilet cubicle, partition behind the driver, Air-conditioner, internet connectivity, audio-video facilities, charging system, and GPS.
Eco-friendliness being a major feature of Caravan Tourism, preferably Bharat Stage VI compliant vehicles will be pressed into service. Assuring complete security of the guests, there will be IT-enabled real-time monitoring of caravans.
A fool-proof approval mechanism is also put in place for according approval for the operation of caravans based on the procedures set by the State Motor Vehicles Department in accordance with the Central Motor Vehicles Rules.
The caravan parks are to be developed in the private sector, public sector, or in the joint sector. The configuration of parks will vary from location to location, even though the fundamental attributes remain the same.
A caravan park will be a completely safe and secure zone offering a hassle-free and stress-free environment to tourists, protected with necessary features like a compound wall, adequate security, and safety arrangements, patrolling, and surveillance cameras. The Park authorities will maintain effective coordination with local authorities and medical establishments to attend to medical emergencies.
The minimum land required for a park will be 50 cents, with at least 5 parking bays. The park design should be compatible with its surroundings, causing the least possible disturbance to the site. Landscaping and plantation have to be planned to ensure privacy, green cover and take into account such factors as wind, dust, and noise.
The parks in hilly and ecologically fragile areas will have to incorporate creative architecture in conformity with local heritage. The parks should have proper water harvesting structures. There should be strategically located open space for recreation, a forecourt, drive-in area, and turning circles. The parks will have Tourist Facilitation Centres to inform the visitors of amenities and services available.0
Berthing of MV Empress to mark revival of domestic tourism
Signalling the re-opening of the pandemic-hit tourism sector in Kerala for upcountry visitors, a luxury cruise from Mumbai with 1,200 travellers on board is reaching Kochi tomorrow (September 22).
The luxury liner MV Empress, owned by Cordelia Cruises, will anchor at Cochin Port, Willingdon Island, at 5 am.
Around 800 guests on the ship, hailing from various states, will disembark at Kochi to explore a slice of the rich culture and history of the port city, in an on-shore tour adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
The tourists will be taken to Mattancherry and Fort Kochi, touching several points of historical importance for which the area is famed. A boat ride on the backwaters will unfold the mesmerising beauty of the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’ before the visitors.
Kerala Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas said, “The arrival of domestic tourists marks a promising start to the full-scale resumption of Kerala Tourism, overcoming the pandemic-induced crisis. This trend is set to gain pace in the coming days. “
“Kerala is a safe and secure place for the lock-down weary vacationers to come as we have put in place an efficient and meticulous bio-bubble model to create protective layers of inoculated service providers to receive and host tourists,” the Minister added.
Dr Venu V, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, said, “Tourism sector in Kerala is fast reconfiguring itself from the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. All destinations across the state are getting ready to receive guests. We are looking forward to a busy season ahead.”
Shri V R Krishna Teja, Director, Tourism, said, tourism activities in Kerala is regaining its full pace. The recently announced visitor and stakeholder friendly Caravan Tourism policy will expedite the process.
The cruise ship will leave for Kadamat, the Lakshadweep, in the afternoon . Voyager Kerala is the tour agent of the Kochi sight-seeing of the trip.
Welcoming Elite Partners - Berlin Brandenburg Airport and Saudi Tourism Authority
Asia’s Largest Travel Trade Show with over 900 buyers expected to be in attendance for the 5 days all-virtual show co-located with MICE Show Asia and Travel Tech Asia
Singapore, 15 September 2021 – The countdown to ITB Asia Virtual 2021 has begun. The show, which takes place from 25 – 29 October 2021 virtually, is seeing a high demand from tourism organisations and partners. As the tourism industry shows promising signs of recovery, the event sees increasing uptake of travel trade buyer registrations, as more trade professionals are looking to explore business opportunities and to connect with travel trade suppliers and partners.
Elite Partners Announced
For the first time, Berlin Brandenburg Airport and Saudi Tourism Authority are announced as Elite Partner of this year’s ITB Asia 2021 Virtual, Asia’s leading travel trade show. As Elite Partners, both organisations will be represented at ITB Asia 2021 Virtual with several session including live webinars exclusively curated for the Asian travel trade market and a welcome speech. Digital visitors will be able to connect with the partners via live chat functions during their session(s).
Strong Tourism Organisation participation for 2021
The premier meeting place for the travel trade industry, ITB Asia is seeing strong participations from the National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) like Azerbaijan Tourism Board, Japan National Tourism Organisation, Maldives Marketing Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, Saudi Tourism Authority, Singapore Tourism Board, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and Visit Scotland.
In addition to the NTOs, the show welcomes other key Tourism Organisations including Busan Tourism Organisation, Business Events Perth, Jeju Convention & Visitors Bureau, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Penang Global Tourism, Sabah Tourism Board, Saint Petersburg Convention Bureau, Sapporo Convention Bureau, Sarawak Tourism Board, Shibuya Convention Bureau, Suruga Marketing & Tourism Bureau, Visit Iseshima Bureau, Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau and Zagreb Tourist Board.
Participating Tourism Organisations will be showcasing their latest products and services for the travel industry. A number of them will be sharing key insights and presenting travel trends in the conference of ITB Asia 2021 Virtual. The tourism organisations, with their co-exhibitors will be available online to network with virtual trade visitors and buyers. Attendees can also conduct virtual business appointments via social video and messaging functions. (From 25 – 29 October, 5 full days)
Exhibiting hotels and resorts at ITB Asia 2021 Virtual
Among this year’s exhibiting hotels and resorts at ITB Asia 2021 Virtual are Best Western Hotels & Resorts Asia, Far East Hospitality, Frasers Hospitality, Meliá Hotels International, Park Hotel Group, WorldHotels Collection, Worldwide Hotels and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.0