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ASSOCHAM to Kerala: Improve infrastructure, boost tourism

The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry (ASSOCHAM) has warned the state of Kerala that its poor infrastructure might affect its tourism industry, reports Travel Biz Monitor. To overcome the issue, ASSOCHAM has suggested that the state increase spending on infrastructure, specially its roads and waterways.

This suggestion was made by the Chambers in a report called ‘Road Map for Inclusive Growth’, in a meeting with state Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on July 2, 2012, in New Delhi.

“Though tourism is a burgeoning sector in the state, the growth is weakened by lack of infrastructure...Sufficient budget allocation has to be made to address this issue,” the report states.

In addition, the ASSOCHAM report also recommends that Kerala simplify the procedures involved in people visiting the state for the purposes of medical tourism. This would help the state in achieving the goal of earning INR21,000 crore via medical tourism in the next five years.

The report also suggests that the state develop the concept of ‘fisheries tourism’ in order to generate more revenue.

Chandy expressed hope that the ‘Emerging Kerala’ meet in Kochi from September 12 to 14, 2012, will help bring in investment in the tourism sector, in addition to other core sectors of the state.

Source: Travel Biz Monitor