• Tourism Minister inaugurates office complex at Sree Narayana Guru Digital Museum

    Kerala Tourism Minister Shri P.A. Mohamed Riyas today inaugurated the office complex at the upcoming digital museum featuring the life and message of Sree  Narayana Guru at his native village of Chempazhanthy as part of the government’s efforts to highlight the legacy of the 20th-century social reformer.

    Speaking at the function, the Minister said Sree Narayana Guru’s message of ‘mutual respect and tolerance” is of eternal relevance. 

    When we look at the world, we can see that intolerance and lack of mutual trust has been the root cause of strife at all times. Keeping the Guru’s message in mind will help us overcome our petty ego and rid the society of all kinds of strife and disharmony,  Shri Riyas said.

    The office complex at the digital museum will serve as a facilitation centre which will serve pilgrims visiting the museum, being built at a budget of Rs 9 crore.

    The museum, which is to be completed in a 8,000-sq.ft area, will throw light on the life of the Guru (1856-1928) and his teachings that profoundly influenced the transformation of Kerala into a modern society. The construction is being undertaken by the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society based in Vadakara of upstate Kozhikode. Already a convention centre worth Rs 9.90 crore has been constructed as part of projects totalling Rs 18.90 crore.

    Today’s function in Chempazhanthy, seven km north of the state capital, was chaired by Shri Kadakampally Surendran, MLA. Others present included Sree Narayana Gurukulam Secretary Sreemad Shubhangananda and civic body councillor Shri Chempazhanthy Udayan. 

    Later in the evening, the Minister also inaugurated a Mandapam at the Panchami Temple  at Pettah under the Tatwamasi Pilgrim Tourism project.

    The mandapam, along with rest rooms was built at a cost of Rs 49.53 lakh with assistance from Steel Industrials Kerala Ltd.

    Legislator Shri Kadakampally Surendran, a former Tourism Minister, presided over the function at Panchami Temple as well. The event was addressed by Councillor Shri P.K. Gopakumar, Travancore Devaswom Board Sthapathi Dr K. Muraleedharan Nair, Temple chief priest Tantri Prasanth G., Temple Committee President Shri C.K. Surendran, Vice President Shri V. Babu, Joint Secretary Shri V Raveendran, Treasurer Shri M. Radhakrishnan and Secretary K. Sasidharan. 

  • Cake Mixing Ceremony Held at Mascot Hotel

    KTDC Chairman P. K. Sasi inaugurated the Cake Mixing Ceremony at Mascot Hotel on December 3rd, 2021. Tourism Director Krishna Teja IAS, KTDC Marketing Manager Raj Mohan and GM of Mascot Hotel Dilip Kumar  P. graced the occasion.

    Cake Mixing Ceremony, which started during the 17th  century is held to mark the beginning of harvest season before Christmas. The mix for Christmas Cake at Mascot Hotel includes about 10 carefully selected ingredients. Dates, dry grapes, apricot, fig, black current and other dry fruits are mixed in predetermined quantity to prepare the cake mix. This cake mix is refrigerated for desired blending of aromas and flavours. This prepared dry fruit mix is used to make plum cake, pudding, etc. The aging of the dry fruit mix adds to the taste of cake.

    December 15th  onwards quality and tasty cakes would be available at Mascot Hotel. Pastries, Desserts, Savories, Cookies, etc., would also be available at affordable prices. The products available at Mascot Hotel’s Bakery would not have any artificial ingredients. These would be of low-calorie and made of natural ingredients. 

  • Kerala gets first campervan as Keravan Kerala gains momentum

    Tourism and Transport Ministers jointly unveil ‘Luxe Camper’ 

    Kerala’s Caravan Tourism project ‘Keravan Kerala’ gained further traction with Bengaluru-based start-up Campervan Camps and Holidays India Pvt Ltd rolling out its premium truck-camper, LuxeCamper, in the state today.

    Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas and Transport Minister Shri Antony Raju jointly unveiled the state’s first truck-camper at Mascot Hotel here. 

    The startup is promoted by former cricketer Anil Kumble, musician Shri Vijay Prakash; former Head of Sales and Marketing, Infosys, Shri Subhash Dhar; and IT expert Shri Phaneesh Murthy. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Sri Riyas said the online registration for operating tourist caravans and developing caravan parks has elicited tremendous response from industry within a short span of the launch of the project. 

    “So far, we have received 198 applications for operating caravans and around 54 applications for setting up caravan parks. Since the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC) has come out with a scheme to provide loans upto Rs 5 crore, the project is sure to attract more entrepreneurs and groups,” Shri Riyas said. 

    The new campervan will give a fresh appeal to Caravan Tourism as people prefer to travel in small groups post Covid-19.   

    Noting that Caravan Tourism project has become a reality within a short time, Shri Antony Raju said in the history of Kerala Tourism no other project has taken off so quickly like this initiative. 

    LuxeCamper Founder and CEO, Shri Tiger Ramesh said Kerala is the first state to come up with a comprehensive Caravan Tourism policy and it will soon become a trend in other parts of the country.

    Tourism Director, Shri VR Krishna Teja; Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) Chairman, Shri PK Sasi; Additional Transport Commissioner Shri Pramoj Sankar PS; LuxeCamper Director Vinay Luthra; and Kerala Travel Mart Society President (KTM), Shri Baby Mathew, were also present. 

    LuxeCamper can accommodate four travellers along with the driver in the main cabin. The truck-camper has sleeping area for two people in a compact space along with an optional tent that can be used for creating additional sleeping space.  

  • State to ramp up skill enhancing programmes Minister Rajeeve

    KSUM-backed startup’s cyber forensic lab; e-service platform opened
    The skill advancement programmes in Kerala will be ramped up to expedite the transformation of the state into a knowledge-based society, Minister for Industries, Law and Coir Shri P. Rajeeve today said, underscoring the imperative need to adapt to phenomenal changes in the realm of science and technology.
    Shri Rajeeve was speaking at the inauguration of the e-service platform and cyber forensic laboratory of Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM)-supported technology firm Mibiz Cyber Forensics, Technopark, here.
    “We have several mechanisms like Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) and Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC)for skill development. We have embarked on a skill development programme focusing on changing trends, which is vital,” he said.
    The minister said these institutions are trying to create a knowledge-based society as knowledge becomes not only a capital but also a productive force.  
    “Kerala has a vibrant ecosystem, so the work-from-home concept should be translated into work-from-Kerala culture. We have quality education and healthcare system as advantages. Our ecosystem is always eager to promote incubators, accelerators and startups,” he pointed out.
    On the occasion, Shri Rajeeve congratulated the startup firm on its novel initiatives, which are Mibiz Citizen Advisor e-service platform and Mibiz Cyber Forensic Laboratory. The facility is located at the Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority (TRIDA) complex at Kesavadasapuram in the city.  
    Shri John M Thomas, CEO, KSUM, said Indian websites have faced around 26,000 cyber attacks in the last 10 months and Mibiz has taken up the mission to save the society from such threats.
    Cyber security and cyber forensic are innovative sectors that offer myriad scope as far as KSUM is concerned, he added.
    Shri Reji Vasanth V. J, Chairman and Managing Director, Mibiz Cyber Forensics, said the vision of the company is to set up a centre of excellence in cyber forensic and cyber security in the state in five years. 
    ShriM. G. Rajamanickam, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), and Shri Ganesh Nayak K, Director, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Thiruvananthapuram, were also present on the occasion.  
    Mibiz Citizen Advisor e-service platform aims at providing efficient and transparent services as per the requirements of the clients. Services of around 15 sectors, including health, law, transport, human resources, tourism, infrastructure development and finance are available on the platform. It will offer services, expert opinions and solutions through www.citizenadvisor.in
    The objectives of the cyber forensic lab are to create awareness among the public about cybercrimes, strengthen facilities that ensure safety in cyberworld, offer solutions for cyber victims and trace fraudsters with the aid of modern technology.     
    KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala Government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.

  • Kochi to host 11th edition of Kerala Travel Mart in March 2022

    Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), the country’s largest congregation of tourism industry, will be holding its eleventh edition in Kochi in March 2022, giving an impetus to the efforts to revive the pandemic-hit tourism sector by attracting visitors from across the world.

    The event will be inaugurated at Grand Hyatt at Bolgatty, Kochi on March 24, 2022, while the following three days’ proceedings will be held at Sagara and Samudrika Convention Centre in Willingdon Island, Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas told a press conference here on Tuesday.

    As the ensuing edition of KTM is coming on the heels of the launch of the Caravan Tourism project by the State Government, the event will have caravan tourism and adventure tourism as the main themes, even as the internationally-acclaimed responsible tourism will also receive prominent attention, Shri Riyas said. 

    KTM 2022will give greater prominence to domestic buyers, given that tourists within the country have resumed travel even as manyforeign countries are yet to fully resume travel to India revoking the pandemic-induced restrictions.  The meet anticipates the participation of no less than 1,500 buyers, wooing them in much larger numbers compared to the previous editions.

    Dr. Venu V, Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism), said KTM has been planned by placing trust on the domestic market, which will help rejuvenate tourism and bring a qualitative change in the sector.  

    Shri Baby Mathew, President, KTM, said the strong revival of the entire industry will be made possible through KTM 2022.  

    Shri V R Krishna Teja, Director, Tourism; Shri Jose Pradeep, Secretary, KTM; former Presidents of KTM Shri EM Najeeb and Shri Abraham George were also present. 

    KTM comes at a time when the travel industry is looking at the nascent Caravan Tourism with hope, considering its potential to fetch Kerala a special place in the world tourism map,as did Houseboat Tourism earlier. 

    The government is coordinating among various departments to carry forward Caravan Tourism, which is a pioneering project being developed on PPP mode with private investors, tour operators and local communities being key stakeholders to ensure safe, customized and closest-to-nature travel experience.

    The KTM had organized a virtual summit in March this year, facilitating more than 7,000 business meets that enabled the travel industry to take major strides in overcoming the Covid-triggered economic crisis.

    Since then, Kerala Tourism had been considering organising a physical KTM to showcase Kerala as a place fast regaining normalcy after the pandemic.

    In 2021, KTM was held online from March 1 to 5. A virtual buyers meet at the event saw the participation from all over the world, including India. The majority of international buyers were from the US and UK. The others in the category included Brazil, Germany, Spain and Canada, Mexico, Oman, UAE,Australia and France. 
    Most of the domestic buyers were fromMaharashtra, a chunk of them based in Mumbai. Delhi, Gujarat and Telangana also figured prominently in the list.
    KTM Society, the country’s biggest organization in the travel and tourism segment, has been working towards reviving the industry since the spread of the coronavirus in the state 20 months ago.

  • Keravan Kerala KSIDC to finance purchase of tourist caravans setting up parks

    Loans up to Rs five crore available for enterprises
    In a major boost to Kerala’s stakeholder-friendly Caravan Tourism project ‘Keravan Kerala’, the state’s investment promotion agency Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) has come out with an attractive scheme to provide loans up to Rs. five crore to purchase tourist caravans and set up caravan parks.

    Under the scheme, an enterprise is entitled to get a loan of up to Rs. 1 crore per caravan, or 70  per cent of the  cost, for buying up to five vehicles. The range of loan is from Rs. 50 Lakhs to Rs. 1 crore per vehicle. The loans will be available only to buy new vehicles.

    The interest is pegged at 8.75 per cent (floating) with a 0.5 per cent rebate for prompt repayment. The loan should be repaid in 84 months after a twelve-month moratorium period. 

    The enterprises eligible for the loan are existing resorts/resort groups (firms, LLP and Limited Companies), fleet owners and tour operators and repatriates. 

    The Caravan Tourism policy, announced by Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas in September this year, has generated tremendous response from the industry since its online registration process began a month back. 

    “Keravan Kerala is going to be an initiative that redefines tourism in the state. The response to the policy within a short span of its announcement has been encouraging. As the Government’s nodal agency for industrial and investment promotion, KSIDC sees it as a highly rewarding investment avenue for entrepreneurs”, said Shri MG Rajamanickam IAS, Managing Director, KSIDC. 

    “The KSIDC scheme will provide an added thrust to the project, which is set to take off soon. It also reflects on how various government departments and agencies are working in tandem for the success of this novel initiative that is going to be a key component in the post-pandemic revival of tourism in  Kerala”, said Shri V R Krishna Teja IAS, Director - Tourism.  

    The policy offers attractive incentives for the investors. The two components of the initiative are caravan operation and setting up caravan parks across the state, for which clear-cut procedures and protocols have been laid down to ensure a pleasant experience for visitors.

    Under the policy, the first 100 caravans will get to a subsidy of Rs 7.50 lakh or 15 per cent of the cost. The next 100 vehicles will get Rs 5 lakh or 10 per cent of the cost.  For 201 to 300 it will be Rs 2.50 lakh or 5 per cent of the cost. The subsidy will be available for five caravans for an individual investor or a group, for three years. 

    Within a short span, the project has also elicited keen interest from auto majors, top travel and hospitality players, local self-government institutions and service providers down to the grass roots.  

  • Tourism Minister launches comprehensive Responsible Tourism project for Beypore

    Ancient port town set to become a global RT hub   Shri Mohamed Riyas 
    Seeking to mark the ancient port town of Beypore prominently on the global experiential tourism map, Kerala Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas today inaugurated a comprehensive Responsible Tourism project to showcase its panoramic water-front settings, history and culture before the world.

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Riyas said promoting experiential tourism that simultaneously helps increase footfall, supports the local community and preserves the environment, culture and heritage is high on the government’s agenda. The State Responsible Tourism Mission has a key role in developing this inclusive and sustainable model of tourism, the Minister said.

    “Our perspective on tourism is that the state should offer a novel and refreshing experience to visitors.  It should also bring benefits to the local communities without upsetting their day-to-day life. This is why the Government is giving high priority to the projects of RT Mission. The RT model of tourism is now being extended to the entire state,” Shri Riyas said.

    Beypore has all the required features to become a global RT hub. Its panoramic settings, maritime history, shipbuilding tradition and harmonious and vibrant culture will not fail visitors looking for a different experience, he said. 

    Besides its maritime history dating back to centuries, Beypore is also renowned for cross-cultural influences and communal amity. Long before the advent of the western colonialists, Beypore was a vital link in maritime trade with West Asia and the commercial hub of the Malabar region, he said. 

    The project aims to develop Beypore as an RT hub of international stature on the model of  ‘Pepper Tourism' and ‘RT Villages’. The project will be completed by 2024 in a phased manner, the Minister said.

    Kozhikode Corporation Mayor Dr Beena Philip presided over the function. District Collector Shri Narasimhugari TL Reddy and RT Mission State Coordinator Shri K Rupeshkumar were present.


    Beypore was renowned for the wooden ships built by the local artisans, who made strong and weather-resistant vessels with exceptional skill and artisanship much before the modern technology made its foray. The ships, known as ‘uru’ (dhow) in local parlance, were in great demand and they carried the bulk of trade with West Asia.  

    Located about 6 km south-west of Kozhikode city on the estuary where the River Chaliyar empties into Arabian Sea, Beypore is one of Kerala’s oldest ports. The project, based on participatory development model, seeks to relate tourism to the area’s alluring landscape, mercantile history , ship-building tradition, skills and craft, diverse cultural influences and rich and nourishing cuisine.

    The project area includes Beypore beach and port, Kadalundi estuary and bird sanctuary, villages on the banks of Chaliyar river, and other spots of historical importance. 

    The inaugural ceremony was followed by a workshop on “Responsible Tourism and Local Development”, which was led by RT Mission State Coordinator Shri K Rupeshkumar. The project comes as part of concerted efforts to take tourism deep into the state’s interiors and hinterland, which would help visitors experience the vibrant culture of the state in all its diversity. 

  • In a country first Kerala comes out with Responsible Tourism classification norms for hotels resorts

    Tourism Minister also launches online portal for classification schemes of Dept. of Tourism

    In a first in the country, Kerala today introduced Responsible Tourism (RT) Classification for hotels and resorts, giving an added thrust to environmental protection and ecological-restoration through tourism. 

    Launching the RT Classification Software and online application portal for standardization schemes at a function here, Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas said this initiative, based on sustainable management, socio-cultural, economic and environmental responsibility, is a role model for the entire nation. 
    The Minister also released a short video about the standardization schemes on the occasion.

    Shri VK Prasanth MLA, presided over the function. 

    As per the scheme, hotels and resorts have been classified into RT Diamond, RT Gold and RT Silver categories, which is based on their score in following the specified environmental criteria, the Minister said. 

    “Also, properties earning more than 80 percent score in environmental responsibility criteria will receive RT Green Classification. With the launch of the online portal as part of the initiative, all processes will be eased and there will not be any delay in providing services,” Shri Riyas said. 

    Now on, the accreditation process for homestays, service villas, Ayurveda centres & resorts,  Adventure Tourism service providers, amusement parks, heritage homes conservation project Grihastali and license for tour guides will be available online, he said. 

    Elaborating on Kerala Tourism’s (KT) plans for collaboration with other departments, Shri Riyas said Department of Tourism will be joining hands with the Transport Department to set up ‘Foodie Wheels’ in 20 major tourism destinations across the state to introduce local cuisines to the visitors. Discussions were also held with the Culture Department on exploring the scope of ‘cinema tourism’.

    Besides, plans are also on the anvil to partner with Public Works Department to create facility for the public to relish local food on old and unused bridges that have stability certificate, Shri Riyas, who also holds Public Works portfolio, added.  

    The Minister also said that the recently launched Caravan Tourism project has received tremendous response from the industry. The Caravan Parks coming up across the state under the project will also become cultural hubs. 

    The classification process under the project will be implemented by the State RT Mission. The parameters for RT Classification lays emphasis on ecological conservation, local economic development, experiential tourism, preservation of arts and culture, and sustainable growth in tourism sector.   

    Kerala Tourism Director Shri VR Krishna Teja, in his welcome address, said State RT Mission has successfully implemented a wide range of activities and the classification scheme is a remarkable one. 
     RT Classification, which is valid for three years, will be awarded following the inspection by a panel comprising Tourism Director as Chairman, State RT Mission Coordinator as convenor and other industry experts as members.    

    Shri K Rupeshkumar, State Co-ordinator, RT Mission presented the report. Shri Baby Mathew, President, Kerala Travel Mart Society; and Tourism Deputy Director - Marketing, Shri Rajeev G.L, were also present.

  • Huddle Global conference to bring business and investment opportunities for startups

    Last date of registration for December 8, 9 event is Nov. 19
    Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) will hold the third edition of the annual ‘Huddle Global’ conference in virtual mode on December 8 and 9, focusing on business, investment and partnership opportunities for startups in the post-pandemic world.
    The event will set the stage for a meeting of globally-known startup founders, mentors, investors, industry leaders and representatives of government departments, to deliberate a whole range of issues relating to startup ecosystem with a global perspective. 
    The conference will primarily look into the scope of entrepreneurial opportunities across the world and explore the availability of financial and technical aid for startups to accelerate their growth and reach. 
    Various global corporate institutions, startup promotion forums, and public and private agencies that help startups are associating with KSUM in conducting the event. 
    The conference will provide a platform for startups to take advantage of the rapid digitalization process of governments and companies from across the world by showcasing their innovative technology in the ‘Demand Day’ programme planned as part of the event.

    “This edition of Huddle Global has been planned on a grander scale than the previous ones to look into the whole gamut of issues and opportunities concerning the ecosystem from a truly global perspective”, said Shri John M Thomas, CEO, KSUM.

    “Technology and innovation being the driving force of developmental initiatives, the role of startups is inevitable. KSUM brings together major players in the ecosystem to address the needs of the society by leveraging cutting-edge technologies.  We have invited world leaders to be part of the event which will also help firm up cross border partnerships and development initiatives,” Shri John said.

    Packed with roundtables, panel discussions, keynote sessions, power speeches and policy discussions, the conference will see participants from around the world bringing a fresh perspective in building and sustaining the startups ecosystem.Mentor matchmaking for the participating startups and selected product demos and product launches are also proposed in the event.

    Being held on a platform created by KSUM to accommodate more than 2,000 people, ‘Huddle Global’ will have sessions led by Unicorn startup entrepreneurs, panel discussions among startup experts and founders, a startup expo and hackathon.    
    Interested startups can register athttps://bit.ly/HuddleStartupExpo.
    Last date of applications is November 19.  For more details and registration for public participation, visit: https://huddleglobal.co.in/.
    KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala Government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.

  • KIMSHEALTH launches world class ICU with 85 beds

    KIMSHEALTH East has launched a state-of-the-art critical care unit (ICU) with 85 beds amid the Covid-time crisis that has exposed gross inadequacy of such facilities in the country.
    The ICU will have a 10-bed transplant ICU and a 21-bed multidisciplinary ICU, besides three negative-pressure airborne isolation beds, heppa filter facility, a comprehensive burns unit of three ICU beds, a 10-bed surgical ICU along with a six-bedded Post Anasthetic Care ICU and 33-bedded Neonatology ICU.  

    The ICU, accredited by National Board for Super-speciality Training Programme in Critical care and also by the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, is managed by consultants 24/7.

    The intention of launching this facility is to bring world-class critical care services to Kerala and its capital, said KIMSHEALTH Chairman and Managing Director Dr M.I. Sahadulla. 

    “We want to ensure the best outcome by enhancing patient safety and well-being. The 24/7 facility will be a landmark in the healthcare delivery of South Kerala and adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu,” he noted.

    Both the doctors and nurses are highly experienced in the care of the critically ill. The unit also has dedicated respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, dietitians, clinical pharmacists and an infection control unit. The ICU guarantees a 1:1 patient-nurse ratio for all ventilated patients. KIMSHEALTH has a total number of 241 ICU beds and 55 exclusive ICU beds for Covid patients. 

    The unit has the most modern imported monitoring system that gives continuous information on the physiological parameters of the patient. “This facilitates accurate treatment decisions,” pointed out Dr Sahadulla. “Further, radiological interpretation incorporates artificial intelligence to minimize human error.”

    Dr G Vijayaraghavan, Vice Chairman – KIMSHEALTH, said apart from the state-of-the-art facilities, the full-time availability of consultants is the major highlight of these ICUs.  

    Dr Deepak V, Coordinator, Critical Care Medicine, KIMSHEALTH, said the ICUs are designed in compliance with international guidelines. “Each patient is admitted in separate cubicles, thereby decreasing the risk of cross-infections. Most cubicles have a good view of the outside environment and exposure to daylight. Also, they are fitted with circadian lighting. Both these promote the patient’s normal sleep-wake rhythm,” he added.

    Mr. E M Najeeb, Executive Director, KIMSHEALTH, said KIMSHEALTH is always eager to introduce innovative treatment facilities by deploying the best team of medical experts.  

    Dr Praveen Murlidharan, Senior Nephrologist and Coordinator, Transplant, was also present at the press conference.

    The facility also features modern ventilators, dialysis machine and ECMO, among others. The Tele ICU facility helps the intensivist to connect with doctors, paramedical staff and the patients at remote location.

    In order to avoid cross-infections and decrease the risk of infection to healthcare workers, air handling is controlled as per CDC guidelines. There are negative-pressure rooms for patients, benefiting those infected with the coronavirus or chicken-pox. There is also a positive pressure room for patients with immunocompromised conditions and burns.

    The comprehensive burns unit, with state-of-the-art equipment, has the burn bath which is a unique feature. Plastic surgeons with special training in burns are part of the team that includes intensivists, nurses, anaesthesiologists, ID physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nutritionists.

    The transplant ICU cares patients, who are through with transplantation of the liver, kidney, intestine and pancreas. Moreover, well-equipped rooms are also available for bystanders.

Cake Mixing Ceremony Held at Mascot Hotel

KTDC Chairman P. K. Sasi inaugurated the Cake Mixing Ceremony at Mascot Hotel on December 3rd, 2021. Tourism Director Krishna Teja IAS, KTDC Marketing Manager Raj Mohan and GM of Mascot Hotel Dilip Kumar  P. graced the occasion.

Cake Mixing Ceremony, which started during the 17th  century is held to mark the beginning of harvest season before Christmas. The mix for Christmas Cake at Mascot Hotel includes about 10 carefully selected ingredients. Dates, dry grapes, apricot, fig, black current and other dry fruits are mixed in predetermined quantity to prepare the cake mix. This cake mix is refrigerated for desired blending of aromas and flavours. This prepared dry fruit mix is used to make plum cake, pudding, etc. The aging of the dry fruit mix adds to the taste of cake.

December 15th  onwards quality and tasty cakes would be available at Mascot Hotel. Pastries, Desserts, Savories, Cookies, etc., would also be available at affordable prices. The products available at Mascot Hotel’s Bakery would not have any artificial ingredients. These would be of low-calorie and made of natural ingredients. 

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Kerala gets first campervan as Keravan Kerala gains momentum

Tourism and Transport Ministers jointly unveil ‘Luxe Camper’ 

Kerala’s Caravan Tourism project ‘Keravan Kerala’ gained further traction with Bengaluru-based start-up Campervan Camps and Holidays India Pvt Ltd rolling out its premium truck-camper, LuxeCamper, in the state today.

Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas and Transport Minister Shri Antony Raju jointly unveiled the state’s first truck-camper at Mascot Hotel here. 

The startup is promoted by former cricketer Anil Kumble, musician Shri Vijay Prakash; former Head of Sales and Marketing, Infosys, Shri Subhash Dhar; and IT expert Shri Phaneesh Murthy. 

Speaking on the occasion, Sri Riyas said the online registration for operating tourist caravans and developing caravan parks has elicited tremendous response from industry within a short span of the launch of the project. 

“So far, we have received 198 applications for operating caravans and around 54 applications for setting up caravan parks. Since the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC) has come out with a scheme to provide loans upto Rs 5 crore, the project is sure to attract more entrepreneurs and groups,” Shri Riyas said. 

The new campervan will give a fresh appeal to Caravan Tourism as people prefer to travel in small groups post Covid-19.   

Noting that Caravan Tourism project has become a reality within a short time, Shri Antony Raju said in the history of Kerala Tourism no other project has taken off so quickly like this initiative. 

LuxeCamper Founder and CEO, Shri Tiger Ramesh said Kerala is the first state to come up with a comprehensive Caravan Tourism policy and it will soon become a trend in other parts of the country.

Tourism Director, Shri VR Krishna Teja; Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) Chairman, Shri PK Sasi; Additional Transport Commissioner Shri Pramoj Sankar PS; LuxeCamper Director Vinay Luthra; and Kerala Travel Mart Society President (KTM), Shri Baby Mathew, were also present. 

LuxeCamper can accommodate four travellers along with the driver in the main cabin. The truck-camper has sleeping area for two people in a compact space along with an optional tent that can be used for creating additional sleeping space.  

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State to ramp up skill enhancing programmes Minister Rajeeve

KSUM-backed startup’s cyber forensic lab; e-service platform opened
The skill advancement programmes in Kerala will be ramped up to expedite the transformation of the state into a knowledge-based society, Minister for Industries, Law and Coir Shri P. Rajeeve today said, underscoring the imperative need to adapt to phenomenal changes in the realm of science and technology.
Shri Rajeeve was speaking at the inauguration of the e-service platform and cyber forensic laboratory of Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM)-supported technology firm Mibiz Cyber Forensics, Technopark, here.
“We have several mechanisms like Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) and Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC)for skill development. We have embarked on a skill development programme focusing on changing trends, which is vital,” he said.
The minister said these institutions are trying to create a knowledge-based society as knowledge becomes not only a capital but also a productive force.  
“Kerala has a vibrant ecosystem, so the work-from-home concept should be translated into work-from-Kerala culture. We have quality education and healthcare system as advantages. Our ecosystem is always eager to promote incubators, accelerators and startups,” he pointed out.
On the occasion, Shri Rajeeve congratulated the startup firm on its novel initiatives, which are Mibiz Citizen Advisor e-service platform and Mibiz Cyber Forensic Laboratory. The facility is located at the Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority (TRIDA) complex at Kesavadasapuram in the city.  
Shri John M Thomas, CEO, KSUM, said Indian websites have faced around 26,000 cyber attacks in the last 10 months and Mibiz has taken up the mission to save the society from such threats.
Cyber security and cyber forensic are innovative sectors that offer myriad scope as far as KSUM is concerned, he added.
Shri Reji Vasanth V. J, Chairman and Managing Director, Mibiz Cyber Forensics, said the vision of the company is to set up a centre of excellence in cyber forensic and cyber security in the state in five years. 
ShriM. G. Rajamanickam, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), and Shri Ganesh Nayak K, Director, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Thiruvananthapuram, were also present on the occasion.  
Mibiz Citizen Advisor e-service platform aims at providing efficient and transparent services as per the requirements of the clients. Services of around 15 sectors, including health, law, transport, human resources, tourism, infrastructure development and finance are available on the platform. It will offer services, expert opinions and solutions through www.citizenadvisor.in
The objectives of the cyber forensic lab are to create awareness among the public about cybercrimes, strengthen facilities that ensure safety in cyberworld, offer solutions for cyber victims and trace fraudsters with the aid of modern technology.     
KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala Government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.

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Kochi to host 11th edition of Kerala Travel Mart in March 2022

Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), the country’s largest congregation of tourism industry, will be holding its eleventh edition in Kochi in March 2022, giving an impetus to the efforts to revive the pandemic-hit tourism sector by attracting visitors from across the world.

The event will be inaugurated at Grand Hyatt at Bolgatty, Kochi on March 24, 2022, while the following three days’ proceedings will be held at Sagara and Samudrika Convention Centre in Willingdon Island, Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas told a press conference here on Tuesday.

As the ensuing edition of KTM is coming on the heels of the launch of the Caravan Tourism project by the State Government, the event will have caravan tourism and adventure tourism as the main themes, even as the internationally-acclaimed responsible tourism will also receive prominent attention, Shri Riyas said. 

KTM 2022will give greater prominence to domestic buyers, given that tourists within the country have resumed travel even as manyforeign countries are yet to fully resume travel to India revoking the pandemic-induced restrictions.  The meet anticipates the participation of no less than 1,500 buyers, wooing them in much larger numbers compared to the previous editions.

Dr. Venu V, Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism), said KTM has been planned by placing trust on the domestic market, which will help rejuvenate tourism and bring a qualitative change in the sector.  

Shri Baby Mathew, President, KTM, said the strong revival of the entire industry will be made possible through KTM 2022.  

Shri V R Krishna Teja, Director, Tourism; Shri Jose Pradeep, Secretary, KTM; former Presidents of KTM Shri EM Najeeb and Shri Abraham George were also present. 

KTM comes at a time when the travel industry is looking at the nascent Caravan Tourism with hope, considering its potential to fetch Kerala a special place in the world tourism map,as did Houseboat Tourism earlier. 

The government is coordinating among various departments to carry forward Caravan Tourism, which is a pioneering project being developed on PPP mode with private investors, tour operators and local communities being key stakeholders to ensure safe, customized and closest-to-nature travel experience.

The KTM had organized a virtual summit in March this year, facilitating more than 7,000 business meets that enabled the travel industry to take major strides in overcoming the Covid-triggered economic crisis.

Since then, Kerala Tourism had been considering organising a physical KTM to showcase Kerala as a place fast regaining normalcy after the pandemic.

In 2021, KTM was held online from March 1 to 5. A virtual buyers meet at the event saw the participation from all over the world, including India. The majority of international buyers were from the US and UK. The others in the category included Brazil, Germany, Spain and Canada, Mexico, Oman, UAE,Australia and France. 
Most of the domestic buyers were fromMaharashtra, a chunk of them based in Mumbai. Delhi, Gujarat and Telangana also figured prominently in the list.
KTM Society, the country’s biggest organization in the travel and tourism segment, has been working towards reviving the industry since the spread of the coronavirus in the state 20 months ago.

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