Authorities in Kerala have held a new responsible seminar.

Authorities in Kerala seem keen to build further on the state’s burgeoning reputation as a leader in responsible tourism.

Already, tourists from all over the world bookflights to Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin to experience Kerala’s unique mix of climate and scenery, but so far officials have managed to keep the environmental impact to a minimum.

Yesterday (October 31st), the first seminar on expanding responsible tourism in the Kumbalanghi model village was held by the Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies and Kumbalanghi Model Tourism Development Society (KMTDS), reports The Hindu.

It is hoped that Kovalam, Vythiri, Bekal, Thekkady and Ambalavayal will follow in the footsteps of Kumarakom, which has successfully implemented tourism groups for organic farming.

Unlike Kumarakom, Kumarakom and its surrounding areas do not have a large share of the state’s tourism market.

“We are thinking on the lines of entering into agreements with hotels and home stays in Fort Kochi and Mattanchery tourism belt,” said M P Sivadathan, president of KMTDS.

Written by Ruth Norris

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