Kerala has won a UN award for sustainable and eco-friendly tourism, registering a first for India.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Ulysses Award, announced on Thursday in Spain, has recognised the initiatives launched by the state-run Kerala Tourism around the backwaters of Kumarakom. The prize is for “innovation in public policy and governance”.
“We are humbled by the UNWTO’s decision to confer this international award on our state,” state tourism minister A.P. Anil Kumar said.
The Centre too applauded the state. “We are proud that Kerala has got the award. Developing eco-friendly and responsible tourism projects is the priority of the tourism ministry,” said Anand Kumar, joint secretary in the Union tourism ministry.
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