Yearly Archives 2002

In Tourism, Kerala is Not Going after Numbers: E M Najeeb

The verdict was unanimous: Kerala Travel Mart-2002 is a success. No voices of dissent or detractive protests this time, as was the case in Y2K when the first KTM was held, which got hijacked by a certain hospitality group. The difference this time was that the common interests of the industry, particularly the small and medium players, were properly safeguarded, and Product Kerala in its entirety, not merely some influential groups and their wares, was professionally showcased. All the sins of commission and omission that marred the successful conduct of the previous event were adequately compensated for, ensuring co-operation from those who really mattered. No wonder then that from the very first drum beat heralding in India’s largest tourism show, to the moment when delegates took leave to return again in 2004 to Cochin, the event lived up to its promises and more than fulfilled the expectations of those ‘small ones’ who put in their hard earned pennies to participate in it.

Tourism in Kerala is Very Well Organised: Taj Kerala Chief

Taj Residency in Ernakulam is not merely a star hotel of excellence. It is a historical landmark. The high-rise edifice represents the statement of intent and resolve made by a determined government way back in the late 1980s to open up, to jointly venture out with the private sector so that a difference is established in the State’s approach towards economic growth. The administration that took the decision to invite the mighty Tatas into the tiny state and hand over the KTDC-built Ernakulam Marine Drive property to them as part of the Taj Kerala experiment, had Communist elements in it. It was finally good-bye to capitalists Vs socialist class war idiocy, and the beginning of the capitalist-socialist duet singing for a better tomorrow.

Kerala Poised to become Communication Hub of the Region : Aruna Sundararajan

Thiruvananthapuram: Hectic was the word to describe her schedule for the day when Destination Kerala met Aruna Sundararajan in her Secretariat office on June 28, a day prior to the IT Secretary’s departure to the United States of America as part of a Kerala team, out to promote the message of the Global Investor Meet, due November next. So crowded was the typed out itinerary on her desk that there was barely a minute left to squeeze in an unscheduled conversation. And yet, she was ready with facts, statistics and the visionary ideas that have taken Kerala to the forefront once again of India’s race towards becoming an IT world power.