In a bid to boost the tourism sector, a bevy of new tourism projects across the state has been announced. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has launched 26 new tourism projects.
"Once our state, the country and the world survive COVID-19, Kerala will become a tourist paradise again," Vijayan said while inaugurating the projects in 14 districts through a video conference. He further added that the state has suffered an estimated loss of around Rs 25,000 crores due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The projects range from the development of a hilltop tourist centre at Ponmudi in Thiruvananthapuram to the northernmost district of Kasaragod. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the Malamel Para Tourism Project at Kollam beach and Thanni beach. A major infrastructural developmental project was inaugurated in Ponmudi. The inauguration of a Rs. 49 lakh beautification project of the Mooloor Memorial at Elavumthitta in Pathanamthitta district was also done.
The Green Tourism Complex, modelled on the Louvre Museum in Paris, will come up at Pala in Kottayam. Besides, Aruvikkuzhi Tourism Development Project in Idukki District; Elappara Amenity Centre, a tourism project as part of the Bhoothathankettu dam in Ernakulam district; the botanical garden and renovation of the tourist centre at Peechi dam in Thrissur are some of the other projects that were launched.