KOCHI: An eight-member delegation from Gujarat, led by Health and Tourism Minister Jay Narayan Vyas, has reached the state in connection with the golden jubilee celebration of Gujarat.
The delegation will meet members of the Gujarati community in Kerala and invite them to Gujarat for the golden jubilee celebration to be held on May 1, 2010.
Jay Narayan Vyas told reporters in Kochi on Monday that a major share of the contributions to the industrial and overall growth of the country was being made by Gujarat.
“Around 24 percent of the total cargo handled in the country is being done through ports in Gujarat. The state is foremost in the developmental activities of the country. The wave of development, which first started sweeping the state in the 90s, later shifted to the agriculture sector. Now it is the time of the fourth wave of development in the state, which is tourism. It is expected that Gujarat would contribute a major share of the revenue generated from tourism in the country,” he said.
The Minister said that the Gujarat Government should learn a lesson or two from the Kerala Government on medical tourism.
“We are trying to learn lessons from Kerala’s experiences in the medical tourism sector. The development of infrastructure and other facilities are being carried out with the aim of establishing in the medical tourism sector,” he said.
The minister said that the delegation from Gujarat would try to meet the Chief Minister and the Tourism Minister of Kerala.
During the four-day stay to the state, the delegation will visit Fort Kochi and Alappuzha. They will also meet members of the Gujarati community settled in Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
Apart from the minister, Jayshreeben Patel MP, MLAs Hanubhai Dhorajia, Vasuben Trivedi and Industries Department Commissioner Vinod Rao were also present at the press meet.