Govt. to spend Rs 500 cr to promote state tourism

The Centre and the Kerala government together will spend Rs 500 crore to boost tourism in the state, known as 'the God's own country'.

The plan is to further promote the state as a popular tourism hub by creating better infrastructure like roads,

hotels, shopping centres and houseboats.

"The work will be done in three phases with a total investment of Rs 500 crore. The new facilities would be

developed on a public-private partnership mode," sources said.

In the first phase, the central government has provided Rs 50 crore and an equal amount has been given by the state.

Besides, special emphasis would be given on picturesque backwaters of Alappuzha in Kerala which is one of the major attractions for tourists.

As a part of the plan, a number of houseboat terminals,

resting points, night halt centres, curio and souvenir shops

would be built along the panoramic banks of the backwaters, they added.

Besides, the state would invest in showcasing the glory

of heritage Muziris port situated on the south-western coast.

"We want to turn Muziris into a major destination for

cultural tourism. Muziris was a spice city where the traders

of the world Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Chinese thronged to buy and sell spices and clothes," sources said.

Further, the state would also promote coir tourism. "The tourists would be attracted to the state using the facilities of the coir industry and also arrangements should be made for them to watch the process of producing coir. This will in turn be beneficial to the sector as a whole," they said.

The sector, which employs 3.25 lakh people in Kerala, is a priority sector for the government. The state is a major hub of coir production in the country.

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