Kerala Tourism was voted as ‘India’s favorite Waterfront Destination’ for Alleppey by the HolidayIQ Better Holiday Awards. Shri Jitendra Singh – Union Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office & Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region presented this prestigious award to Dr. Venu V, IAS, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism. The event was also attended by Priyank Khagre (Hon’ble Minister of State for tourists & IT, Government of Karnataka), Umang Bedi (Facebook, MD), luminaries from India’s tourism fraternity & other dignitaries from various walks of life.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Venu V, IAS Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism said, “It is an honor to receive an award which recognises the efforts of the Tourism Department. This award reiterates the popularity of the state tourism as it was chosen by over 15 crore Indian travelers. Kerala Tourism department is always keen in implementing new and innovative ideas and projects for the growth of Kerala as the best destination. Prestigious awards like these are an inspiration to raise the benchmark in taking up new initiatives which will further enhance our projects to provide best-in-class experience in the future as well.”
“In 2016, foreign and domestic tourists’ arrival to Kerala has increased by 6.23% and 5.67% respectively, demonstrating the increasing popularity of Kerala as one of the preferred tourist destinations of India,” Dr. Venu further added.
“I’m excited to learn that Alleppey, the evergreen backwater destination of Kerala, continues to be the favourite among the travellers and tour operators. Getting an award for another individual feature of the state in itself shows how versatile our state is as a tourist destination. And I’m so overwhelmed by the fact that Kerala is gaining popularity and is preferred by people all over”, commented Shri. Kadakampalli Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Government of Kerala.
The HolidayIQ Better Holiday Awards is a recognition of exceptional experiences provided by millions of Indian Travellers from more than 100 cities & towns of India. The winners of these awards represent the pinnacle of excellence in the Indian Tourism sector.