Metro Food Awards 2016 Distributed

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran has said that the State considers tourism as one of the key factors which shapes its future, and that it has taken all measures to boost the sector.

The Minister was speaking after inaugurating the Metro Food Awards 2016 at  Mascot Hotel here the other day.

The event was organised with the aim of recognising hotels and restaurants in the Capital city for their efforts in providing healthy and hearty food to diners throughout the year.

Pointing out that availability of good food plays a crucial role in the development of tourism, he said that the Metro Food Awards initiative, which helps in finding people who provide good and healthy food, comes as a welcome measure.

Organised by the city-based Metro Mart Creative and Events, the Metro Food Awards 2016 were given away to the best rated hotels and restaurants in the Star as well as restaurants categories.

Mercykutty Amma, Minister for Fisheries, joined Kadakampally Surendran in giving away the awards.

The Metro Food Awards – 2016 was organised in association with Kerala Tourism, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), South Kerala Hoteliers’ Forum (SKHF) and TCCI.

The Metro Food Awards-2016 took into account aspects such as professionalism and dynamism of restaurants in the city before deciding on the winners. Besides, good workmanship, acumen and skills of the restaurateurs would weigh in as core factors that would decide on the success of restaurants, according to Siji Nair, Managing Director, Metro Food Awards – 2016.

M Vijayakumar, Chairman, KTDC, inaugurated the Sunday Card website, which provides for Sunday shopping at discounted rates and offers, on the occasion.

The function was attended by U V Jose IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism;  Chacko Paul, President, SKHF; S N Raghuchandran Nair, President, TCCI; E M Najeeb, President, Confederation of Kerala Tourism Industry; Suresh M Pillai, Vice President, SIHRA; L V Kumar, Principal, IHMCT and Siji Nair, Managing Director, Metro Mart Creative and Events.