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Tuesday, 14 May, 2019, 14 : 14 PM [IST]

Kerala Tourism to extend RT Mission’s ‘PEPPER’ initiative to 12 new Centres

Kerala Tourism has decided to extend the second phase activities of the project ‘PEPPER’ (People’s Participation for Participatory Planning and Empowerment through Responsible Tourism) to 12 new centers across the state.

‘PEPPER’ will be implemented in two local self-government institutions at Vaikom in Kottayam district and 10 other centers. This was announced at a function organised to felicitate RT Mission units, which have become a major instrument for providing the benefits of travel and hospitality to the common people. The RT Mission units had stood solidly behind the authorities during the calamitous floods last year.

Farmers, artisans, artists, entrepreneurs of farm-stays as well as home-stays and tour guides who are either directly or indirectly part of the RT Mission were given certificates at the function.

On the occasion, an E-brochure of RT Mission was released.

RT, which has 11,532 units under it, has carried out an array of projects over the last year, with poverty alleviation, women empowerment and local area development as its major objectives. The units have spread their operations to places across the state, including the remote belts of upstate Kannur, and Kasaragod districts, besides the key RT spots of Kumarakom,Thekkady, and Wayanad.

The RT Mission’s initiatives have already fetched Kerala Tourism several international recognition, including the maiden gold medal at the prestigious World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

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