Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Wednesday announced a comprehensive, stakeholder-friendly Caravan Tourism Policy, promising the visitors safe, customized and closest-to-nature travel experience, which offers attractive investment subsidies to Caravan operators. Caravan Tourism will also promote Responsible Tourism activities for sustainable growth and for the benefit of the local communities, promote eco-friendly practices and market for local products.
while unveiling the policy, Tourism Minister P A Mohamed Riyas said, this marks a paradigm shift in almost 30 years after the state made it big with houseboat tourism that provided a unique experience to visitors and positioned the state as a major global destination,
"Like other successful tourism products of Kerala launched since 1990s, Caravan Tourism is also to be developed on PPP mode with private investors, tour operators and local communities being key stakeholders," said Riyas and added in the post-pandemic world, Caravan Tourism Policy will be promising the visitors safe, customized and closest-to-nature travel experience. He said investment subsidy would be given to Caravan operators, the details of which would be announced soon.
"The policy envisages laying down the broad framework for the development and encouragement of Caravan Tourism in Kerala, predominantly in the private sector through incentivizing the purchase of caravans and for establishing caravan parks, chalking out the process and procedures for its operations and approvals", added Riyas.