Kerala introduced the Responsible Tourism Classification (RT) for hotels and resorts on Tuesday, giving further impetus to environmental protection and ecological restoration through tourism.
Launching the RT classification software and the online application portal for standardization schemes during a function here, PA Minister of Tourism Mohamed Riyas said that this initiative, based on sustainable management, socio-cultural responsibility, economic and environmental, ” is a model for the whole nation. The minister also released a short video on standardization programs on occasion, according to a statement released by the Tourism Ministry.
According to the program, hotels and resorts were categorized as RT Diamond, RT Gold and RT Silver, based on their score against specified environmental criteria, the minister said.
In addition, properties that score more than 80 percent in the environmental responsibility criteria will receive the RT Green classification. With the launch of the online portal as part of the initiative, all processes will be made easier and there will be no delays in the provision of services, ” Riyas said.
Now the accreditation process for Host Families, Service Villas, Ayurvedic Centers and Resorts, Adventure Tourism Service Providers, Amusement Parks, Grihastali Heritage House Conservation Project and the license for tourist guides will be available online, he said.
Drawing up plans for Kerala Tourism (KT) to collaborate with other departments, Riyas said the Tourism Ministry will join with the Transport Ministry to set up “food wheels” in 20 major tourist destinations in the state to introduce local cuisines to visitors. Discussions also took place with the Directorate of Culture on exploring the scope of “film tourism”.
In addition, plans are also set to partner with the public works department to create facilities for the public to enjoy local food on old and unused decks with a certificate of stability, added Riyas, who also holds the public works portfolio. The minister also said that the recently launched caravan tourism project has received a tremendous response from the industry.
Caravan Parks across the state as part of the project will also become cultural hubs, he said.
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