Kerala to Collaborate with Sri Lanka to Set Up New Tourism Circuit
Kerala Tourism Department has finalized plans to establish a new tourism circuit in collaboration with Sri Lanka.
This latest initiative by Kerala Tourism is yet another indication of its pioneering initiatives and would now help it further extend its frontiers up to Sri Lanka.
State Tourism Minister, A P Anil Kumar informed that a high-level delegation from Sri Lanka would land in Kerala soon to further deliberate upon identifying tourism destinations and give the final touches to the cooperation between the two parties.
The minister further stated that the Sri Lankan Minister of Tourism and Sports, Navin Dissanayake is impressed by the success achieved by Kerala in promoting tourism and is keen to join hands in an effort to develop new travel destinations and to undertake joint promotions. The joint promotion is expected to target tourists from China, Russia, and Germany.
Some of the agreements reached by the two sides include operating a cruise ship between Kochi and Colombo. In fact a Colombo-based operator has already shown interest to work in tandem with private players in Kerala to run seaplane services in the state, he informed.
A delegation from the Kerala government, led by a minister, tourism secretary G Kamala Vardhana Rao and other officials, had recently been to Sri Lanka on a two-day visit during which they held key meetings with the top officials of the island nation. With cooperation from Sri Lanka sealed, Kerala Tourism is now looking forward to forming a regional tourism circuit that will include Maldives and others as member countries.
As for the issue of special fares on Sri Lankan Airlines connecting Kerala with Colombo, Dissanayake assured that he will take up the matter with his government.
The agreement also has provision to develop human resource (HR) and impart skill training in the tourism sector.
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