Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tourism potential of North Malabar takes wings

With the Kannur airport all set to be commissioned next year, the tourism sector is betting big on tapping the potential of the place. Lack of transport infrastructure and other facilities often prevented the tourists, especially the foreigners from exploring the region. "Though North Malabar has all types of tourist destinations ranging from beaches and hill stations to pilgrim centres and heritage tourist spots, the irony is that only 1.2% of foreign tourists reaching Kerala come to this part of the state and we want to change it," said T K Mansoor, managing director of Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC), an independent body under the tourism department.
"Once the Kannur airport begins commercial operations in August-September next year, and the roads are improved, the infrastructure constraints would be taken care of and this way the virgin territories unexplored so far would gain attraction," he said.
"However, to make it a reality, more small and medium entrepreneurs should come to the fore and also the hotel and other accommodation facilities should improve," said Mansoor.
"Though the state government has several initiatives giving priority to small and medium entrepreneurs to boost tourism in the region, many people are still ignorant of this, and hence the BRDC has decided to organize a two-day workshop for the aspiring tourism entrepreneurs at Nileshwaram on December 11 and 12," he added.
30/11/16 The Times Of India
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