Unexplored Destinations in Kerala Will Be Turned into Tourist Spots

The Destination Challenge project prepared by the Department of Tourism with the objective of developing at least one tourist destination within the limits of all the territorial communities of the State will begin on June 8.

The state-level inauguration of the project to be implemented in association with the Local Government Department (LSGD) will be made by the Minister of Local Government MV Govindan in the capital on the same day. The decision to launch the project was taken at a meeting attended by PA Tourism Minister Mohamed Riyas and Mr Govindan on Thursday.

The project plans to transform 100 unexplored destinations into tourist destinations within a year. The LSGD will give all necessary support to the draft prepared by the Ministry of Tourism, Govindan said during the meeting.

The Department of Tourism will bear 60% (subject to a maximum of ₹50 lakh of the project cost) of the cost of each project and the balance of funds shall be covered by the respective local bodies through scheme grants, topped up by equity or any other fund. The state government has already sanctioned ₹50 crore to develop these unexplored destinations for tourists.

The detailed project report for each destination must be drawn up and submitted with the online estimate by the local organizations concerned. Revenues from the project area can be fully claimed by local agencies. This amount must be used for the maintenance of the destination. For this, a detailed business plan must also be prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Tourism. With the implementation of the project, there would be a big leap in the domestic tourism sector in the state, Mr. Riyas said.

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