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Experience Holistic Ayurvedic Treatments and a Blissful Stay @ Krishnatheeram Ayur Holy Beach Resort

Majestically set on the coastline of Arabian Sea at Varkala is the Krishnatheeram Ayur Holy Beach Resort. It is the first resort to have received Green Leaf Certification, Kerala. For over 14 years the resort has hosted domestic and international guests to experience a relaxing stay.

The resort is built and located in a pleasant setting allowing guests to enjoy the harmony of nature. The nearby red laterite cliff of Varkala is a sight to behold. Adding to that is the natural mineral springs from the cliff which purifies the body and mind. Varkala is the only place in South India where a combination of both these is found. Papanasam Beach and Janardhanaswamy Temple are situated in walking distance from the resort. Lovers of water sports would find plenty to do in Varkala.

Relax at Krishnatheeram Resort with the breezing sea, music made by sea waves, and a grand view of the red cliff. The intimate settings would leave everlasting memories for honeymooners. Apart from the amazing view of the sea, the resort also has a crystal clear swimming pool. The view of the sea from this pool is quite picturesque. Guests would wonder at the environment-friendly traditional cottage setting, in which personalized service and state-of-the-art facilities is provided. The beauty of the land is preserved.

The multi-cuisine restaurant – Prakrithi – offers holistic health foods and other pure vegetarian food. This restaurant also offers Jain food. Those who wish to enjoy the sea food delicacies can do so at the open air restaurant at this resort. Sea food platters at Krishnatheeram is much talked about by foodies.

Krishnatheeram Resort has one more feather to its cap – Total Ayurvedic treatment facilities. The original form of Ayurveda is followed at this resort. Staff at this resort is qualified and experienced in Ayurveda and upholds the distinctive tradition of Ayurveda on all treatment forms provided. Detoxification programs, rejuvenation therapies and other personalized curative treatment modalities are offered at Krishnatheeram. Those who wish to soothe their souls can rejoice – the Yoga master at this resort guides them through different stages of Yoga. Overlooking the sea is the meditation center which calms the nerves and leaves you in a joyful state.

Stay at Krishnatheeram Ayur Holy Beach Resort to experience harmonic healing of body and soul.

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Metro Food Awards

The much awaited third edition of the Metro Food Awards will be held at Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort,Kochi, , on 30 October 2017 at 05.30 pm . The event is a platform for those in the F&B and Hospitality industries to showcase their expertise. These awards shall recognise and commemorate excellence of restaurants in Central Kerala. Kerala Tourism Development Authority, Kerala Tourism, Institute of HotelManagement and Catering Technology, South Kerala Hoteliers Forum and Food and Agriculture Organisation (a specialised agency of the United Nations Organisation) are all associate partners in the awards’ celebration.

The selection guidelinesare simple and easy to follow. Different categories have been established to rate and include all types of restaurants across cities in central Kerala. The restaurantshould be operational from the time of nomination to when the awards are announced. All paperwork regarding licenses and clearance from the government should be available and food must be prepared and served to the customers in hygienic environs.

The Metro Awards area benchmark in recognising restaurants of merit. Participants have the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to satisfy the palate of the most discerning diner.“The professionalism and dynamism of the restaurants in the various cities, as well as the skills and acumen presented by the staff, would be considered,” remarked Mr Siji Nair, Managing Director,Metro Food Awards 2017. “We believe that it is the diners who should have the final say to select the finest restaurant. They are the best judge of culinary experts who serve an appetising meal with quality service,” he added.

A team of experts from the hospitality sector, industry leaders and professionals would constitute the jury. They would undertake a meticulous multi-stage process of pre-scoring to shortlist the final candidates. They would also monitor SMS voting by the public and mystery shopping expeditions before judging the entries to decide on the winners.

Registration details:

Contact: 07025076882/ 9995139933



Metro Food Awards Distributed

Kochi saw its distinguished restaurateurs being recognized and acknowledged through ‘Metro Food Awards’ by Metro Mart in association with Kerala Tourism, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation(KTDC),Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology(IHMCT) and South Kerala Hoteliers Forum(SKHF) on October 30th , 2017.

The ceremony conducted at Bolgatty Palace Island Resort  was presided by the Kerala Travel Mart Secretary Mr. Jose Pradeep and the awards were distributed by Hon’ Mayor of Kochi Ms Soumini Jain, Mr. K J Maxi MLA, Mr. K V Thomas M P. The Hon’ Mayor informed that several initiatives are outlined for the development of the city, promoting its tourism potentials and ensuring cleanliness with public participation. She viewed that activities like ‘Metro Food Awards’ would energize the tourism sector in Kochi and showcasing the possibilities of Kochi. K J Maxi opined that the possibilities for tourism in Ernakulam are plenty and they are not yet fully recognized. He added that ‘Metro Food Awards’ is bound to provide information and knowledge on diverse options available for dining in Kochi for locals as well as visitors.

Metro Mart Managing Director Siji Nair, Chef Noushad, Film  Actor  Captain Raju, Judging Committee Chairman Prasad Manjali, Vice Chairman Suresh John,Events Head Nijith Raj were also present on the occasion.

NAMBOOTHIRIS  Best Masala Brand
KERA Coconut Oil, KERAFED Best Coconut Oil Brand
BINDHU PAULY Women Entrepreneur
Pradeep Prabhakar Viewers Choice – Anchor
Salt n Pepper, Kaumudy-TV Viewers Choice Television Program
R J Sooraj, Immini Bellya Ruchi of RED FM Listeners Choice-Best program
Al-Mela Best Éclairs
Ashwadh Young Columnist
RJ MARIA Club FM Best Radio Jockey-Food, Critic Choice
Dr. Sanjaiyan R Best Ayurvedic Dietician
Anoop Menon, New Indian Express Reporter Best F & B Report
“RESTAURANT 51”,  XANDARI HARBOUR Best Dine Experience
“CASSAVA”, MARRIOTT Kochi Best in Class-Traditional Kerala Restaurant
“Ember”, LE MERIDIEN, Kochi Best in Class-Authentic North Indian Restaurant
“BLACKPEARL”, THE RENAI Best in Class-Chinese restaurant
“ROMA”,  HOLIDAY INN Best Cuisine – Italian
“PEARL SPOT”,  RAMADA RESORT KOCHI Best in Class- Sea Food Restaurant
“MASALA”, HOLIDAY INN Best in Class Multi Cuisine Restaurant
BOLGATTY PALACE, KTDC Best Event Destination
STARLIT SUITS Emerging Hotel of the Year
YUVARANI RESIDENCY Best Budget Restaurant
PUNNAMADA RESORTS Lakefront Dine Experience
SOMA HOUSE BOATS Amazing Dine Experience on Houseboat
PARAGON RESTAURANT Restaurant of the Year
LULU FOOD COURT Food Court of the City
Desi Cuppa Best Franchisee Business Model & Customer Choice Brand
KOINONIA RESTAURANT, Nottinghamshire Best Overseas Restaurant, Kerala Cuisine
K R BAKES Years of Excellence
BAKERY B Best in Class -Bakery
Barbeque Nation Best in Class –  Barbecue
ALIBABA & 41 DISHES Best Casual Dine Restaurant
WOK & GRILL Fine Dine Experience
ADAMINTE CHAYAKKADA Themed Restaurant of the Year
BRINDHAVAN VEGETERIAN Best in Class -Pure Veggies
BANANA LEAF CATERERS Best in Class- Caterers
TIMUR KACHI BIRIYANI Best in Class- Biriyani
FORT HOUSE HOTEL Best in Class- Family Restaurant
WATER FRONT GRANARY Heritage Restaurant
MING’S WOK Best Cuisine – Chinese
LISO CHOCOLATIER Best Chocolate Brand
Justo Burritos Best Cuisine-Mexican
MUSTAKE RESTAURANT Best in Class- Multi Cuisine Restaurant

Metro Food Awards-Setting the benchmarks for a better dining

The 3rd edition of the Metro Food Awards Season 1 was held in Kochi on the 30th of October 2017. The event began with an air of serenity, amidst a breathtaking sunset on the calm backwaters of Bolgatty Palace. The evening soon gave way to a night of applause and cheer for the winners of the awards.

What started as a quest to find the cream of the hotels and restaurants in Kerala, as a part of the Metro Food Awards Season 1, and to acknowledge and award them, now ended when the winners were declared and the prizes were given away for the Kochi edition. The previous editions for the season were held at Trivandrum and Kollam starting from 2016.

Metro Mart, which is based in Trivandrum, collaborated with Kerala Tourism, KTDC, and South Kerala Hoteliers Forum to take this event forward. The awards were only by nomination and they didn’t come easy. However, the exposure that the winners gained by the Metro food awards definitely made all the sweat and hard work they put in pay off. The big boost that the Metro Food Awards winners in Trivandrum and Kollam received after the awards surely stand as a testimony to this. No wonder, almost everyone in the catering industry has an eye on the Metro Food Awards.

It was a long journey to the awards. The paperwork for each restaurant had to be verified for all appropriate licenses and clearances from the government, the nominees had to adhere to the rules that were set out for them. The jury team had to work tirelessly to select the very best from more than 200 participants and more than 50 categories to award. The end of October saw the finish line of a race run well after the jury submitted the results of a rigorous process that included analyzing the SMS votes of the public and mystery shopping at various outlets and hotels.

The Food Awards are a blessing for both the catering party as well as the ones being served. Today more and more people live in a part of the state that is not their hometown, and not the place that they were brought up in. They may be from other parts of India or of Kerala but settled in a particular city or town to pursue education or a career. The blooming IT companies in cities like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram only add to this number. These are the folks who can definitely benefit from a list of hotels and restaurants in town that will guarantee them a good value for their time and money.

There is a saying that a lot can happen over a cup of coffee. Now, whether it be a cup of coffee or a plate of angel chicken pasta, you needn’t be worried about a good business deal slipping through your fingers because of the lousy food over which it was discussed. You now know where to find your favorite dish, high on quality as well as served with a great dining experience.

The ceremony retained in it an aura of the pride that could only be a result of years of hard work and perseverance on the part of the winners.

The mayor of Kochi, Soumini Jain and MLA K. J. Maxi were present to grace the occasion.

As a part of her speech in the opening ceremony, Mayor Soumini Jain praised Keralite cooking methods. She went on to say that it was a matter of taste as well as presentation when it comes to food and that food must be a source of attraction to the tourists who visit God’s Own Country.

MLA K.J. Maxi also stressed on the impact that good food has on the tourism industry and said that it is food that takes the tourism forward.

This is indeed true, as tourism and great food always go hand in hand. More and more restaurants and hotels are working on creating a unique food experience for tourists. Both the caterers as well as diners want the experience to be one that stays fresh in their memories long after the visit is over. They want something that they can specifically relate to the place they are visiting.

Research shows a significant increase in the amount of money tourists spend on food while traveling to different parts of the world. Surely, we must do our bit to ensure that tourists visiting our state will have a memory to cherish when they think of the food that they were served when in Kerala.

The Metro Food Awards night saw various awards being presented to the participants. The awards were divided into 3 categories : Star Categories, Standalone Restaurants, and Brand awards. There were subcategories as well. The prizes went to the finest in each area.

From the best RJ food critic to the best food report. From the best place to find Mexican food to the best place to dine if you are looking for Italian cuisine. From the best brand of coconut oil to the best masala brand. The Metro Food Awards team had clearly done a painstaking job in finding and awarding the very best under each category. True to its name, the food awards also ended with a scrumptious dinner served to the guests.

The awards provided a great opportunity for entrepreneurs in the food industry to meet each other at the Food Awards. It also gave budding restaurateurs a greater visibility in the media, as well as a platform to reach out to others on the same trail.

The food awards will, no doubt, be a challenge for every hotel and restaurant. It will continue to inspire them to aim at excellence in food quality and dining experience. And this, in turn, will be the reward for the Metro Food Awards team, as they continue to raise the standard for food and dining experience across the state.

Metro Mart Managing Director Siji Nair, Chef Noushad, Film  Actor  Captain Raju, Judging Committee Chairman Prasad Manjali, Vice Chairman Suresh John,Events Head Nijith Raj were also present on the occasion.

Identifying the best from those nominated was indeed a big challenge to take up, nevertheless, we can now safely say that it was worth the effort that went into it!

Let’s stay tuned for the next season: The Metro Food Awards Season 2 to be started in Trivandrum in January 2018…


GET SET GO 2K18!!!

Thiruvananthapuram is all set for the New Year


New Year is the time when hopes and wishes gush across the globe. As the year draws to a close, we brace ourselves to welcome the New Year. Determination prevails to make up for all the flaws made in the previous year. With resolutions high and spirits up, it’s high time we prepared ourselves to bid adieu to 2017 and usher in the infant 2018. Celebrations on the New Year Eve take different hues in different places. Thiruvananthapuram too has several surprises up its sleeve to bid farewell to 2017 in a grand way. Those with adventure spirit and an open heart can settle down in Thiruvananthapuram for this New Year. Like a wizard the city will have surprises for introverts and extroverts, young and the old alike. Take a look at the list of some prominent places for the best New Year celebrations.


Giving it an Indie touch this time is UdaySamudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa with a New Year Party that will showcase the popular Dhol Performance Live added with Western Salsa, Bollywood peppy numbers and enticing Arabian arts.  Live Fashion show, exhibition of Kerala Art Forms and a jugalbandhi consisting of Violin, Saxophone and drums makes this New Year party quite different from the rest. DJ and Dance floors too will adorn the occasion. Spirits will definitely sparkle in the Gala night called “Sparkle Spirits.”


For a thorough party mode filled with scintillating EDM, add Vivanta by Taj – Trivandrum to your bucket list. Crowd from all over the world can be expected. Taj Vivanta has an amazing record of hosting extravagant and exciting parties. This will be the best for all the party-minded, groovy people. This time the name of the party itself is enticing: YOLO: You Only Live Once and is presented by Wild High Nights (WHN). At Green Cove, Kovalam, Vivanta by Taj is ready to mesmerise the partygoers with yet another package. This includes various cultural programmes, performance by music bands and also lavish buffet dinner. To pitch the spirit up various competitions too are included in which TAJ stay vouchers at hotels across India and abroad can be won. At the exotic locale of 3rd Sea side lawn with a spectacular backwater on one side and magnificent Arabian sea on the other Taj is setting up New Year Gala dinner added with the spice of belly dance, Indian Cultural programmes and a gala prize of two flight tickets from Silk Air.


To make the New Year eve literally mind blogging, RP group’s The Leela Raviz has roped in illusionist Ashwam into their New Year events. They are also ready to enthral the audience with the band Skavengers that would go live, the dance group Thandav, and also DJ Vicky. As icing will be to pudding, the Gala Dinner will make the New Year eve all the more fantastic. Cocktails, Indian spirits and beverages of all kinds will meet the partygoers in plenty at the Tides.


The Great Apollo Carnival at Apollo Dimora has Gala Dinner, Music and Fun for their guests on the eve of New Year. Karma music band is set to mesmerize the audience and enhance the spirits of New Year celebrations. A host of activities is planned for the New Year celebrations at Apollo Dimora, Thampanoor.


In need of a right blend of food, music and fireworks? Well, New Year celebrations at Hycinth by Sparsa, Manorama Road, Thampanoor, might be your answer. Emceed by Nidhi Kukreja and titled ‘Bollywood Blast’, the event also chooses winners for a bumper prize of flight tickets to SriLanka and Maldives. Lucky partygoers can also win free stay vouchers at different locations. Special fireworks are also included. EDM by DJ Straws and Melodious Nite by Shibu Basheer along with multitudes of cuisines are the highlights. For Christmas too, Hycinth is ready to surprise its guests – Named ‘Jingle Bells’ they are organizing a Christmas Eve Dinner on 24th and also Christmas special brunch buffet.


DJ Ajin’s EDM would give a grand valediction for 2017 at Fortune Hotel, The South Park, Palayam. Unlimited snacks and an array of various drinks will adorn the festivities named NYE2K18.


In association with Maldivian and Metro Mart, Ruby’s Special Arena is all set to spice up the New Year Celebrations with fantastic food and fabulous entertainments. Dance floor, DJ, Cinematic dance and Gala Dinner are some of the highlights. Be at Ruby’s Arena in Kumarapuram Road, Thiruvananthapuram.


Taking cue from the recent humorous events and pulse of the youth, the Classic Sarovar Portico, Manjalikulam Road, Thampanoor, is all set to bid adieu to 2017 in full celebration mode. Entertainingly titled ‘Relaxation, It will not come in the TVvvv’, the event has many creative turns like Balloon craft, Palmistry, Stand up Comedy and DJ by Rana. Reshma Shenoy, cine artist, would take part in the event. Dance numbers and unlimited food in addition to unlimited drinks add to the hue of the event.


Claiming to be the biggest New Year Party in Thiruvananthapuram, Raat Mojo is to be organised by Sports Hub, Trivandrum in association with Silverlight Media. Various power-packed entertainments that include dances, pyrotechnics, percussion performances and DJ are the highlights of the upcoming event. To make things more interesting are the game shows and selfie contest that are planned. They can be contacted at +91 9497 433 300 for the event to be held at TICC, Sports Hub, Greenfield Stadium, Karyavattom.


All set to call 2017 to an end and welcome 2018 is Lake Palace Hotel at Thonikadavu, Kadinamkulam Road, Puthucurichy with exotic Russian belly dancers, DJ by Kimo, Rhythm Circle and Gala Dinner. There are also other surprises like vouchers, gifts and air tickets to foreign destinations to be won. The organizers of “Rhythm” are quite determined to set a pleasant rhythm for 2018.


Varkala is a place that never goes out of season of tourists. The clear waves and beautiful shores are always sought after. It is against this backdrop the The Gateway Hotel Varkala, Janardhanapuram is planning the Christmas and New Year celebrations. On 24th they will host a Gala Dinner with long and yummy courses along with Live Band performance. At noon on Christmas, grand lunch will be held that will have Welcome Drink, lavish buffet with seafood and turkey. On the New Year Eve, guests will witness intensely powerful band performances, game shows and sumptuous dinner. Gift hampers and prizes to surprise the guests are also arranged.


Thus, Thiruvananthapuram is all set to celebrate New Year. There are also other places in and around the city where one can celebrate New Year.

Nothing can be as refreshing as the stars on the night sky, the wind in the hair and the roaring of the waves for the 2018 flag off. Fantasising a New Year eve on a beach? If so, Beach Party NYE Countdown 2018 at Grand Oceana Resort near Crocodile Park, Vada Nemmeli, Tamil Nadu is the place for you. Fireworks, Game shows, Lucky draws, DJ, Dance floors, Food… you name it – the resort has it. Unlimited Non-Vegetarian Buffet and Cocktail are the highlights of the event. They can be contacted at 072999 99356.


The Free Style Rider Club is planning to celebrate New Year by arranging a biggest ride of its kind to Chitharal Jain Temple in Kanyakumari on the last day of this year. Kids in the city too have events like the Cool X-MAS camp (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec 31) for the children of all ages organized by Paadashala. The Kerala State IT mission through SDC has planned to arrange a one-day merry and laughter camp to help people begin 2018 on a positive note. The night of December 31st will have the city sparkling with lights and vibrant with celebrations. Even if you just wander through the city, you will get the rhythm of celebrations.


New Year is here and the city is ready, what about you?


What's abuzz in Kochi for New Year's Eve?

As New Year’s Eve approaches, we start looking for the right place to celebrate. Well, here are a few options to consider…..

Fort Kochi, has been the center of celebrations in Kochi every Christmas and New year. It is during the Portuguese rule in the 16th Century, the Carnival was started. That has continued over the ages. The celebrations start two weeks prior to New Year’s Day and finally conclude with the burning of an enormous effigy of Santa Claus, called ‘Pappanji.’ This signifies the burning away of the previous year with all its evil, even as people welcome the New Year with hope in their hearts. It is definitely the place to be on New Year’s night. This year, on 31st December there will be the traditional Karakamayilattam and Pandimelam. At midnight, there will be fireworks and the burning of Pappanji at Pappa Corner on the Fort Kochi beach.  New year’s afternoon will also have a Cochin Carnival rally from the Veli ground, and the day will end with a DJ Night by DJ Savio and party at Fort Kochi Nights.

Apart from the Carnival, many of the top hotels in town have events to celebrate New Year. Take a look at what they have to offer, as you chose the place you want to be in on January 1st, 2018. Don’t forget to call up and reserve your seats in advance!

One can Rock the Blu at Radisson Blu, as they bid adieu to 2017 and welcome 2018 with a Brazilian theme. They offer us an evening of fine drinks, music, and entertainment featuring DJ Luane – one of the top DJs in the world – from Brazil. Radisson also offers you great music by Suchith Suresan, Vishnu Vijay, and his wife Madhuvanti. Aerial acrobatics, Crystal dance and Face painting are just some of the highlights of the night.

Foodie’s would want to consider spending the night at Keys. With Keys, the focus will be on live cooking. Live karaoke songs and the soft candlelight will provide the perfect ambiance to their gala dinner buffet while chefs showcase their talents. Enjoy the various cuisines from Kerala as well as international. Don’t forget to stay till their Special Bumper prize for the guests dining, even as the countdown bids farewell to the past and welcomes the New Year.

Brings out the mystique world beneath the ocean is Crowne Plaza. With an interesting view of the backwaters in Kochi and elegant rooms with panoramic views, Crowne Plaza welcomes its guests to celebrate the New Year with them. You can expect electrifying music by Marine Drive performing live, pulsating rhythms by DJ Ryan, a fabulous dance performance by Daksha Dance Studio, lucky draws, surprise gifts and more in an evening curated by the talented Ms. Anju Rajeev. Make sure you are present when the gates open at 7 pm at Azure Marina.

Fragrant Nature will have more of a rich cultural program with Singari Melam, Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Fusion dances to provide us with a touch of tradition as we welcome the New Year. This will be followed by a poolside dinner and Live DJ until midnight.

At Renai, the theme will be ‘Rejoice 2018’ even as they treat their guests to an interactive luxury endless dinner buffet and entertainment by the 8 Beats band and DJ. There will be surprise gifts and much more to look forward to. Don’t forget to book your seat at the program early.

Jammin’ in Jamaica is the theme that Holiday Inn chose this year. They will have DJ Shamil featuring Don Thomas, Brown Circle live band and Emcee Natasha rock the stage for you on New Year’s night. Book early to enjoy their gala dinner, entertainment and much more.

Yuvarani Residency will have games, fusion dances, DJ and MC and more to entertain its guests as they welcome the New Year. Dine, dance and win exciting prizes with them as they celebrate the onset of 2018.

Bring in 2018 with style and nostalgia at the Taj on Willingdon Island. At Bay View Lawns, they will have a Hawaiian twist. Here, you can experience their Grand Malabar New Year’s Eve Gala dinner under the stars, with an extensive spread of cuisines from around the world, cultural show and surprise prizes. At Rice Boat, you can bid a subtle and elegant adieu to 2017 with tailor-made and gourmet table d’hote seafood menus. The Pavilion is a place for those who would prefer a quiet welcome to the New Year, with a finely crafted oriental menu to suit your palate even as you watch festivities on the Lawns. For those with kids, don’t miss out on the Disney theme that will follow the next day afternoon at Pepper and Dolphins point where walking toons and special decor are sure to excite your kids during the Kids Buffet.

Olive Downtown will have a gala dinner with special New Year’s Eve buffet and gifts assured for all guests. There will be celebrity MC, dancers, games and live percussion to lighten up a beautiful evening.

Enjoy a star-studded beginning to 2018 at Marriott. DJ Craig will be performing here and the theme will be Miami to Ibiza. You can expect a lineup of exciting fun activities for kids, great entertainment and live cooking by a chef of your choice here. There will be a grand dinner with a live band by the poolside at Kochi Kitchen. For those who enjoy the taste of traditional Malayali food, there will be an exotic Kerala buffet at Casava. They will also have a live-counter buffet at the poolside.

Are you a big fan of Indian and International street food? Well, at Le Meridien they will have a live station featuring street food that you can enjoy while Radio Band plays on at Latest Recipe and Veranda. Fireworks, fun games and activities for kids and lucky draws with attractive prizes are just some of the highlights that await you on New Year’s night at Le Meridien.

Ramada Resorts will have a Neon Nite featuring Bollywood Dance group NDS, Emcee Riya, International artist Elvira, DJ Vineeth and Astra 13 band to entertain you. Enjoy the Last Frontier Brunch Buffet at Fennel, the gala dinner at the Poolside and lawn and the DJ Night which will be at Club 1100. Call up in advance and reserve your seats to join them as they welcome the New Year.

As you herald the New Year with joy and happiness, we wish you a great and prosperous year ahead!


KTM: Eurasia Beauty Queen Ms Yana Filippova is Goodwill Ambassador for Russia

Eurasia Beauty Queen Ms Yana Filippova is the Goodwill Ambassador for Russia for the upcoming Kerala Travel Mart 2018 (KTM) to be held in Kochi in September, which gives special emphasis to strengthen the partnership between the two countries in the revenue-generating sector.

This is in continuation of the summit meeting between Indian Prime Minister and the President of the Russian Federation last year to celebrate 2018 as the Year of Tourism in India and Russia.

Ms Yana Filippova has accepted the invitation of KTM to endorse the Country of Focus of the flagship tourism event, said Kerala Travel Mart Society President Mr Baby Mathew at a press conference here last night.

Besides Yana Filippova, the goodwill ambassador of KTM 2018(Kerala Travel Mart) for Russia, KTM Secretary Jose Pradeep, KTM Treasurer G Gopinathan and former KTM president Abraham George also attended the press conference.

Upping the glamour quotient with the presence of Ms Filippova, KTM 2018 expects active participation of Russian buyers, travel writers and journalists.

Along with other countries, Russia will be a big market for tourism industry in Kerala, Mr Mathew said.

“With Ms Yana Filippova being the Goodwill Ambassador, we expect more participation from Russia for the event. In fact, we are hoping for a record number of registrations this year. We can also expect more tourist arrivals from Russia to Kerala in the coming years,” Mr Mathew said.

KTM 2018 will be inaugurated on September 27, coinciding with World Tourism Day, which will be followed by three days of business-to-business meetings.

The showpiece event is being organised by KTM Society in partnership with Kerala Tourism, offering a platform to key players in the revenue-generating sector to forge business linkages and give an impetus to the entire gamut of tourism industry.

The pre-registration for the biggest tourism event in India has already evinced an overwhelming response with more than 800 domestic and 230 international buyers applying for participation till date. Registration will close on July 28.

“The business-to-business meets of the KTM offer a wide spectrum of opportunities. The event will be a perfect conduit for buyers and sellers to expand their business territories and attract potential buyers,” Mr Mathew said.

The exhibition at KTM will have around 300 stalls featuring a range of products, packages and services offered by businesses and entrepreneurs. It offers a platform for stakeholders, including tour operators, hotels, resorts, home stays, houseboats, Ayurveda resorts and cultural art centres to have fruitful meetings and interactions with buyers from around the world.

The KTM Society has started implementing a comprehensive nine-point charter, ‘Agenda 9,’ which focuses on making Kerala a sustainable destination. It mainly calls for measures to tackle waste management, promote organic farming, efficient use of energy and extensive use of local produce and products.

Other key areas which will come up for deliberations are rainwater harvesting, reducing the use of plastics, and improving greenery.


EM Najeeb, M.D, A.T.E. has been elected as the Senior Vice President at the IATO elections

EM Najeeb, Managing Director, Air Travel Enterprises has been elected as the Senior Vice President at the IATO elections. Another new entrant in the core committee of IATO is Rajesh Mudgill, Managing Director, Planet India Travel, who has been elected as the Honorary Secretary. Thanking everyone for the victory, Najeeb said, “It’s a great honor and pleasure for me to have been elected as the senior VP of a prestigious association such as IATO. I want to assure my wholehearted commitment and support for serving this organization with my team members by work together to reach newer heights.”

Pronab Sarkar (President), Rajiv Mehra (Vice President), Rajesh Kayasth (Joint Secretary) and Ravi Gosain (Treasurer) were elected unopposed.

The new EC members (Active) are Raj Bajaj, Tony Marwah, PS Duggal, Deepak Bhushan, and Vinay Tyagi. Sunil Gupta, Zia Siddique, and Vijay Sarthi were elected from the Allied category.

Addressing the members after the results, Pronab Sarkar expressed the hope that the new members will bring new blood and new ideas into the association to take it into newer heights in coming two years.


Kochi gets largest convention center in India

UAE based retail conglomerate, Lulu Group International launched its mega project in Kochi. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala officially inaugurated the Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center & Grand Hyatt in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, UAE Minister for Tolerance, HH Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Bahrain Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Yusuffali MA, chairman of Lulu group along with ambassadors of UAE, KSA & Bahrain and other dignitaries.

The Rs. 1,800 crore mega project is part of its Rs. 13,000 cr. expansion plan in India in the retail, hospitality & food processing sectors.

Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Centre is billed as largest of its kind in India with over 10 lakh sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space including two customizable and column-free venues with a total capacity of around 10,000 people. LIWA, is the largest hall in the convention center with 20,000 sq. ft. and can take more than 5,000 people at a time. It has also got a unique automated re-tractable seating system, which is first of its kind in the country.

Speaking at the glittering function Sheikh Nahyan highlighted the historic and vital role played by Indians especially Keralites, in the development of UAE and fondly recalled “Lulu, as where the UAE goes to shop”. Being the minister for tolerance , I am deeply touched by the hospitality, education and ever smiling spirit of Keralites”.

Bahrain Deputy PM hailed the long & strong relationship between India and Bahrain, and appreciated the role played by people like Yusuffali in further strengthening the economic & cultural aspects of Bahrain.”

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said “Kerala is a tourist hub and we need many more projects like this to boost our economy, and Kerala will always will welcome any investment in these sectors”

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said “the Govt. is pro-development and is working tirelessly to develop the infrastructure and road network across India and I invite investors to exploit the abundant possibilities available here.”

The convention centre has 3 helipads and parking capacity for more than 1500 cars. With a prime waterfront location, the convention centre is a 45-minute drive from Cochin International Airport and is connected to all major road networks.

Speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the new project Yusuffali MA said “this is my dream project in Kerala and I am sure this will go a long way in making Kochi & Kerala the tourist and MICE hub of India”.

“With the increase in conferences & summits in Kerala, the tourism and related sectors will see tremendous growth in both revenues and economic activities which will propel all round growth of god’s own country”, he added.

The spacious urban, waterfront luxury project is set on 26 acres of landscaped grounds in an extraordinary location on the Bolgatty Island, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will feature an array of Suites, rooms, luxury villas to suit the taste & demands of discerning travellers & tourists to God’s own country.

For guests looking to explore the local community, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will provide a selection of extraordinary activities and locally inspired experiences, such as a guided tour of nearby Bolgatty Palace or a boat ride from the island’s jetty to Fort Kochi. With Kerala Tourism promoting the destination to the GCC with its ‘Yalla Kerala Campaign’, the state is gearing up for an increase in international arrivals this season.

Designed by architects from Wimberly Allison Tong and Coo UK Ltd (WATG), Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center & Grand Hyatt Kochi is located near the historic and picturesque town of Fort Kochi and is fully surrounded by back waters with a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea.


Facebook ranks Kerala Tourism Page as the Best FB page in 2017

In line with its proactive efforts in the social media space, Kerala Tourism’s Facebook page has trumped other state tourism boards by climbing on to the top slot. The Kerala Tourism Facebook page attained first place in a ranking done by Facebook based on total engagement with tourists that included reactions, shares and comments on the page between the January 1 and December 31, 2017 time frame.

The Kerala Tourism page pushed the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department’s Facebook page to the second place. The Kerala Tourism Facebook page had garnered 1.5 million likes to emerge as the top page. The Gujarat Tourism Facebook page was ranked third.

Facebook recently released the data on the top-ranked Facebook pages of government bodies, ministries and political parties in India. Mr. P Bala Kiran, Director, Kerala Tourism, has received the award at Facebook office, New Delhi from Mr Nitin Saluja, Public Policy Manager (India, South and Central Asia) today morning.

Shri. KadakampallySurendran, Honorable Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, Government of Kerala has congratulated the entire team for this huge achievement.

Speaking on the achievement, Smt Rani George IAS, Secretary, Department of Tourism, Kerala, said, “Kerala Tourism has been able to successfully convey the reasons as to why Kerala is a destination that should be on every traveller’s itinerary. The department’s presence on social media has taken this message across to millions across the world, and the new laurel from Facebook is indeed heartening.”

Sri P Balakiran IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism said: “Kerala Tourism’s activity on Facebook and other social media space has been focussed and proactive. The page has been able to keep travellers from India and abroad engaged with interesting and innovative posts on the various projects and activities undertaken by the department. The ranking comes at a time when Kerala Tourism has upped the Digital marketing budget to 15% and been communicating to the people across the globe in exciting ways.”

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