Govt frames tourism policy, to form regulatory authority
Thiruvananthapuram: The Cabinet has given its nod for a new tourism policy which includes formation of a Tourism Regulatory Authority aimed at monitoring and controlling the tourism sector in the state.
The policy suggestions also include a fund for new entrepreneurs.
Tourism Regulatory Authority
The Tourism Regulatory Authority will be the apex body responsible for overseeing and controlling the industry. It will be responsible for curbing exploitations in the name of tourism, implementing government guidelines and addressing the grievances of the tourists.
Special task force will be formed under the Authority to check malpractices like child abuse and drug use in the tourism industry.
The aim of this particular fund will be to attract investors and invite business ideas related to the sector. The project will help the entrepreneurs, coming forward with innovative business ideas, to raise necessary capital to launch a business venture. It will also play the role of a mentor and impart training in management skill. The fund for such business ventures will be pooled from SIDBI, angel funds and financial institutions.
Tourism projects to be implemented in Kozhikode, Kasaragod and Malappuram districts will be exempted from tax for the next five years. A single window system will be established to provide sanction to tourism projects.