Special Tourism Grama Sabhas

A Local Self Governing institution conducts Grama Sabha meetings. Grama Sabhas are conducted ensuring that each Local Self Governing Institution will have the participation of 100 to 200 regional natives. Apart from the elected representatives, tourism entrepreneurs, environmentalists, art performers, traditional job employers, kudumbashree representatives, farmers, representatives of places of worship, fishermen and stakeholders interested in tourism development and regional development must take part in the Grama Sabha. Possibilities of particular regional tourism and benefits and job opportunities in the region due to the development of tourism will be discussed in the meeting. People participation in tourism development and public tourism development methods of the State Government will be presented in the meeting. It will also describe how the people’s participation in tourism mapping should be done.

After that, the Grama Sabha will be divided into seven different subject groups and discussions will be held. Following are the different subject groups:

 1. Tourism resource mapping

2. Farming and animal protection tourism development

3. Traditional jobs and tourism development

4. Ritual arts and festivals and tourism development

 5. Tourism and primary facilities development

6. Tourism projects that combine Kudumbashree and tourism

7. Human resource development tourism.

Grama Sabhas will end after codifying the discussions. Following this, assemblies and data collection will be done at the regional level. Local Self Governing institutions and Regional Responsible Tourism will assemble and design the project and its priorities. Those projects will be submitted to the tourism Working Group after getting sanctioned from the constituted Responsible Tourism committee at the Taluk. The projects accepted will be enforced by agencies sanctioned by the State Government and Department of Tourism. The project will be carried out under the supervision and direction of committees formed at Taluk level. After that, they will be subjected to regional social auditing.

Advantages of this Programme:

1.    As the newly found tourist stations are developing with regional participation, 100 % Responsible Tourism model villages will rise.

2.    As different departments associated with Local Self Governing Institutions conduct combined programmes, tourism development will turn into a process enabling complete development of the region.

3.    Tourism will change into a process that will provide employment and income for the marginalised and also enforce women empowerment.

4.    On the basis of studies on regional carrying capacity, tourist products, packages and tourism stations will be developed.

5.    Implementing processes giving importance to farm tourism, homestay, farmstay, grihasthali (heritage building), village tourism packages etc., farmers and marginalised are able to get an evident income from tourism.

6.    Publicising tour packages giving importance to regional arts, festivals, food cultures and traditional employments results in benefiting tourists and regional natives equally and at the same time tourism gets experiential.

7.    Minimum 2000 individuals in a Taluk will get training in tourism sector.

8.    Sanctioning and exercising of tour packages popularly suggested and accepted from Local Self Governing Institutions.

9.    Designing and exercising tourism master plan with regional participation.

10.    Regional products, souvenirs etc. get a wide market.

11.    Utilising the regional possibilities of rural, village, pilgrim, heritage, cultural, backwater and canal tourism.

12.    Importance given to Kerala’s traditional construction method and green house method in order to face the challenges raised by global warming. 

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