Global Responsible Tourism summit to showcase Kerala’s remarkable achievements

Kumarakom, the Responsible Tourism summit, has played a major role in the state’s famed RT model  

In a bid to showcase the state’s remarkable achievements in evolving an internationally-acclaimed sustainable tourism model over the last one-and-a-half decade and strengthening it further by coalescing the emerging trends and demands, Kerala will play host to a four-day global Responsible Tourism (RT) summit from February 25.

The conclave, being organised by Kerala Tourism in association with State Responsible Tourism Mission, will get underway at the Lake Song Resort, Kumarakom. The deliberations of the summit will start with a ‘Speakers Meet’.

Significantly, Kumarakom, located on the Vembanad lake and encompassing the rim of Kerala’s rice-bowl Kuttanad, chosen as the venue for the meet as its panoramic rural settings, heritage and lifestyle, had a seminal role in the Kerala model of RT attaining global fame.

Building linkages between Responsible Tourism activities

State Tourism Minister Mohammed Riyas will inaugurate the conclave, which will have UN Women Representative Susan Ferguson and International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) Founder Dr Harold Goodwin delivering the keynote address. State Minister for Cooperation V N Vasavan, Kerala Tourism Principal Secretary K S Srinivas, Kerala Tourism Director P B Nooh, and State Co-ordinator of RT Mission K Rupesh Kumar will also be present.

The summit, which will feature discussions on building linkages between RT activities and UN Women, and will formally culminate with the adoption of the revamped ‘Kerala RT Declaration’ on February 27.

Speaking about the summit, Riyas said this meet will serve as a platform for brainstorming on creation of sustainable and experiential tourism products and packages in the state in partnership with various agencies in India and abroad to attract more tourists to Kerala. 

As many as 15 international speakers will attend the summit with 20 foreign speakers sharing their insights through virtual platform. Delegates and speakers from across the country will take part in the event which will also witness around 200 attendees in total.

Inspiring Stories from Destinations

About 60 experts will talk on more than 12 topics at the RT summit that will feature a riveting session, titled ‘Inspiring Stories from Destinations,’ where 100 tourists, including delegates, will narrate their experience of travelling in the state.  

On February 28, delegates will make a visit to Maravanthuruthu Water Street project that bagged a global award at World Travel Market, London, last year, for the trail-blazing water conservation initiative linked to tourism development.

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Sanjeev Ramachandran

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