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Kerala Tourism to implement Green Protocol in 78 locations as part of Green Carpet Action Plan

Friday, December 1, 2017, 16:37 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff|New Delhi

As part of taking Responsible Tourism initiatives to the entire state, Kerala Tourism has formulated a Green Carpet Action Plan. As per the Green Carpet Action Plan, a Green Protocol will be observed at 78 locations associated with Tourism in the State from December 15.

 Announcing the programme at a workshop organised by Kerala Tourism department in Thiruvananthapuram, P Bala Kiran, Director – Tourism, Kerala said that the implementation of the Tourism Policy of the government will commence with the Green Carpet Action Plan. 

He explained that the action plan has been formulated by including nine agendas by inculcating the points from the total 16 agendas that is being discussed and deliberated upon worldwide.

 The Green Carpet Action Plan is aimed at transforming the tourism sector in Kerala into different travel-friendly destinations. The plan is being implemented by imbibing the points in the new tourism policy. The general development aspects that have been put forward by the Tourism policy, the Green Kerala Mission and Responsible Tourism are being implemented in this regard, he said.  

Pointing out that Responsible Tourism forms the crux of the state government’s tourism policy, he said that the features incorporated are People-friendliness, Nature-friendliness and aspects that remain socially acceptable.

Stating that the tourism destinations in Kerala are high on the national and international travellers’ itineraries, he said that the Green Carpet Action Plan centres round nine key aspects such as scientific system for collection and management of solid waste, well maintained public toilets and their management, improved accessibility and well maintained lighting system, pathways, signage, tourist facilities and equipment, safe drinking water and food, adoption of green principles and moving towards carbon neutrality, facilities for authentic information, feedback and complaint redressal, trained and responsible staff, volunteers and service providers with distinguishable name badges, and community participation in development, operation and management.

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