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The Malabar Tourism and Travel Mart Sep 2005: will be held from September 1-4, 2005, informed Mr. K. C. Venugopal, Minister for Tourism. The Mart is held to market the tourism potential of Malabar internationally. Around 250 international delegates and 100 domestic delegates would participate in the mart. A tour will be arranged for the delegates to destinations at Kannur, Kasaragod, Wayanad, Thrissur and Palakkad. The venues for the programmes are Kadavu Resort at Kozhikode (1st – 3rd Sept.) and Vythiri Resort in Wayanad (4th Sep).

Tourist arrivals to Kerala not affected by Tsunami

The tourist arrivals to Kerala have not been affected by the Tsunami wave attack that took place about three months ago, according to the statistics with the state tourism department. Even though the incident happened during the peak tourist season, it failed to affect the industry as was feared. The trend of cancellation of bookings was short-lived. International tourist arrivals recorded a 16.69 per cent growth in 2004 when compared to the previous year. The number of domestic tourists who have visited the State in 2004 is 5.8 million, which is in fact an increase of 0.101 million compared to last year. Interestingly, January, the month, which could have been badly affected by

the Tsunami witnessed an increase of 1.5 percent in international tourist arrivals. International tourist arrivals have significance for the State's tourism industry, since they stay for longer duration, and spend more. It is calculated that on an average, international tourists stay for about 14 days in Kerala, while the domestic tourists stay for a maximum of 6 days. 

Kerala has emerged as a premium tourist destination with steady increase in the tourist inflow. This, the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mr. E. K. Bharat Bhushan attributes to the travel- trade fraternity across the State, which without fail comes up with inspiring experience-centred products. Last year, Kerala Tourism participated in 12 domestic and six international fairs. The responses from trade participants in these fairs were very enthusiastic. Focused promotional activities and participation in major international travel and trade fairs have enhanced the popularity of Kerala. This is part of the long-term plan with focus on key markets like the United Kingdom and Germany. High potential markets like Italy, Spain and Australia would be explored, said Mr. Bharat Bhushan. Italy is the fifth largest emerging market for Kerala's tourism industry and Australia is the seventh. 


Champakulam Boat Race, Champakulam Alappuzha

Event Date : 22 Jun,2005

Venue: Champakkulam, Alappuzha district.

The Champakkulam boat race is the first of the season and is one of the few, which are centuries old. The festivities include spectacular water floats, decorated boats, Vanchipattu or the song of the oarsmen and the most thrilling Chundanvallom race. Chundans are a category of boats that are over 100 feet in length with raised prow. They were called snake boats by the colonial rulers and continue to be known so till date.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Alappuzha about 24 kms away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 kms away ; from Alappuzha town 14km.

Tourism Awards for 2003-04 declared

Shri. K.C.Venugopal, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism and Devaswom has declared the State Awards for Tourism for the year 2003-04 in a Press Conference at 11 AM on 19.05.2005.

The following are different categories of awards and award winners

Sl. No. Category Name of Award winner

1. 

I (1)
Tour Operator/Travel Agent who handled the maximum number of tourists in Kerala.
M/s. Travel Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., Telstar building, Ravipuram, Kochi

2. 

I (2)
Tour Operator/Travel Agent who earned the maximum amount of foreign exchange in Kerala.
M/s. Travel Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.,
Telstar building, Ravipuram, Kochi

3. 

I (3)
Best Tour operator from Kerala

The Great India Tour Company Pvt Ltd,
Thiruvananthapuram
 

4. 

II (1)
Best One-Star Hotel.
M/s. Periyar House,
KTDC Ltd.,
Kumily, Thekkady,
Idukki.

5. 

II (2)
Best Two-Star Hotel.
Hotel Samudra,
KTDC,
Thiruvananthapuram
 

6. 

II (3)
Best Three-Star Hotel.
The Marari Beach ,
Mararikulam,
Alappuzha – 688 549

7. 

II (4)
Best Four-Star Hotel.
The Spice Village ,
Thekkady, Kumily Road ,
Thekkady – 685 536.
 

8. 

II (5)
Best Five-Star Hotel.
M/s. Taj Residency, Marine Drive , Kochi
Ernakulam.
 

9. 

II (6)
Best Five-Star Deluxe Hotel.
Taj Malabar Hotel,
Willington Island ,
Kochi – 682 009.
 

10. 

II (7)
Best Heritage Hotel.
M/s. Coconut Lagoon
Kumarakom
Kottayam – 686 563

11. 

II (8)
Best Approved & Classified Ayurvedic Centre.

M/s. Somatheeram Ayurvedic Hospital and Yoga centre,
Chowara P.O., South of Kovalam,
Thiruvananthapuram
 

12. 

II (9)
Best Approved Home Stay facility.

M/s. Tranquil
A Plantation Hide way
Kuppamudi Estate, Kolagappara P.O.,Wayanad
 

13. 

II (12)
Best Motel / Wayside Amenity Centre.

Motel Araam,
Mangattuparamba,
Kannur University Campus Post,
Kannur - 670 567.

14. 

III (1)
Individual / Agency who has introduced the most innovative project in the field of Tourism in the State.
(Health Tourism)  

Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Anamugam, PB. No. –1,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 029.

15. 

III (2)
Individual / Agency who has implemented the most eco- Friendly Tourism project in the State.

M/s. Coconut Lagoon Heritage Resort,
Kumarakom,
Kottayam.

16. 

III (3)
Best Performing District Tourism Promotion Council
 
DTPC,
Wayanad

17. 

III (4)
Best Tourism Related article /
Photo feature on Kerala.

Shri. Somu Jacob
Reporter Yoga
Assari Lane , Karikkamuri
Ernakulam
 

18. 

III (5)
Best Tourism related Documentary/Video production on Kerala Tourism  

Shri. Venu Nair,
M/s. Visile TV Professionals,
Shankaramangalam, GRA 777/A, Gowreesapattom, Pattom Palace P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 004

19. 

III (6)
Best Performing Arts Centre

M/s. CVN Kalari,
Edakkad,
Kozhikode – 673 005.

20. 

III (7)
Tourist Friendly Taxi Driver.

Shri. K. Sukumaran
Tourist Taxi Driver
Karthika Bhavan,
Muttakadu, Venganoor
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 523
 

21. 

III (8)
Best Tourist Guide

Shri. Suresh M,
TC 28/2698,
Usha Bhavan, Chettikulangara,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 001
 

22. 

III (9)
Best Tourist Police.

Shri. Sathyan C.,
PC 4163
Tourism Police
Kannur City Police Station
Kannur
 

23. 

III (10)
Best Tourism Club
Tourism Club of EMEA College of Arts and Science,
Kondotti,
Malappuram – 673 636
 

24. 

III (11)
Best Student Coordinator of Tourism Club

Miss Diana Paul
Tourism Club
St. Xavier’s College for women,
Aluva, Ernakulam
 

25. 

III (12)
Best Teacher Coordinator of Tourism Club  

Shri. V. Biju,
Lecturer in Tourism, Tourism Club,
Mulamana VHSS,
Anakudy,
Thiruvananthapuram
 

26. 

III (13)
Best Tourism / Hotel Management Institute  

M/s. Naipunnya Institute of Management and Information Technology,
Pongam, Koratty East,
Thrissur – 680 308.
 

27. 

III (14)
Best Tourism related Publication / Brochure

Shri. U. Balan and B. R. Swarup
Thiruvananthapuram

28. 

III (15)
Best Hotel Manager

Mr. Sanjay Sharma,
Le Meridien Resort and Convention Centre,
Maradu,
Cochin – 682 302

SPECIAL AWARD

29. 

Innovative Project

Mrs. Raji Punoose,
Proprietress and Curator
Bay Island Driftwood Museum ,
Kumarakom – 686 566

For setting up of a Drift Wood Museum at Kumarakom, only Museum of its kind in the State.

30. 

Best Brochure  

The Wayanad Adventure
Brochure brought by

Wayanad Tourism Organization & D.T.P.C. Wayanad
Vasudevaedom,
Pozhuthana P.O.,
Wayanad – 673 575  

A well conceived and designed brochure on Tourism in Wayanad brought out by a Wayanad Tourism Organization, a private agency with their own resources.
 
A global destination for health tourism 

India has a bright future in the field of healthcare, tells this eminent cardiac surgeon to Radhakrishnan Kuttoor .It is very important to combine clinical work with research. Unfortunately, in India, this has become a difficult task due to our own faults," says Dr. Cherian.

K.M. Cherian, eminent cardiac surgeon who heads the Chennai-based International Centre for Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Diseases, says India has a bright future in the field of healthcare and related technological advancement. Dr. Cherian said the country was fast becoming a global destination for health tourism. The vision of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to provide urban facilities in rural areas (PURA) was the first and foremost step in this direction, he said. Dr. Cherian claimed his healthcare venture to provide advanced and state-of-the-art cardiac care facility in Parumala, a village in Central Travancore region in Kerala, was the only one of its kind in the world. This could also be a boon to the State's health tourism.

"It is very important to combine clinical work with research. Unfortunately, in India, this has become a difficult task due to our own faults," said Dr. Cherian.

"If you do not have technology, you will not be able to move ahead with research projects." Dr. Cherian alleged that the Department of Biotechnology was often found to be maintaining a partisan attitude, destroying the very spirit of the scientific community, especially in the South.

According to Dr. Cherian, the stem cells in the umbilical chord are embryonic and if proper atmosphere and nutrients are given, they can be grown into different body parts like bone, bone marrow, teeth, heart muscles, valves, etc. He claimed that the International Centre in Chennai was in the process of growing heart muscles and had filed the papers for patent for the special technique in November 2003.

"The heart of pigs and that of humans are identical. If the pig cells in the pig heart valve are removed through decelluarisation process, the human body would readily accept it." Dr Cherian's Chennai-based international centre has signed a memorandum of understanding with the State-owned Meat Products India Limited in Koothattukulam in Kottayam district to procure pig heart valves. The MPIL factory is the largest piggery unit in the country and the Chennai centre has set up a pig heart valve and ureter-harvesting unit at the factory in Koothattukulam.

Decellularisation is being done at the Chennai centre. Dr. Cherain said the centre was yet to commercialize the tissue-engineered heart valve, which cost 5,000 Euro (Rs. 2.5 lakhs) in Germany, which has the first unit in the world. However, the indigenously developed valve could be sold at a competitive price of Rs. 35,000 in India.

He said Japan was far ahead in the use of tissue engineered, biodegradable heart valves than the U.S. and other developed countries. The clinical use of porcine xenotransplant is gaining wide acceptance the world over, said Dr. Cherian.

 
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