Biennale Helped Kerala’s Tourism Offset Demonetisation Crisis: Tourism Secretary

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Kochi: Terming the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) a “stellar example” of public- private partnership, Dr. Venu V IAS, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism said the Biennale has helped the State’s tourism sector offset the crisis brought on by demonetisation.

On a visit to the third edition of the Biennale in Fort Kochi the other day, Dr. Venu said the Rs 7.5 crore that the State Government had allotted to the international contemporary art extravaganza in its budget was “money well spent.”

“When Kerala tourism had a crisis on its hands with the demonetisation policy affecting tourist arrivals, the Biennale has single-handedly created a unique economic zone that supported the tourism sector and brought money into the hands of the common man and local community,” he said.

“From a government point of view, I can’t think of a better investment. This speaks volumes for what an event like this can do for tourism and for the economy of a city and state. The government support created a base upon which the curator, the KBF and the Trustees could work on,” the Tourism Secretary said.

Sarada Muraleedharan, Director-General, National Institute of Fashion Technology also visited KMB 2016 and noted that the current edition of the Biennale had touched many ‘’thought-provoking subjects.’’

“The works at KMB 2016 are a reflection of many issues that are prevailing in the world. The themes I am seeing develop in this disconnected continuum are of disruption, disassociation, of pain, angst, loss and longing,” she said.