State named one of the Best Family Destinations in world
By Express News Service | Published: 09th November 2013 08:52 AM |
Lonely Planet has named Kerala as one among the world’s 10 best destinations for taking the family along for a holiday in 2014. The Lonely Planet award for the Best Family Destination was bestowed on ‘God’s Own Country’ at the World Travel Mart (WTM) in London.
With the coveted honour, Kerala has joined the likes of New York City, Denmark,
Prague, Iceland, Italy and Hawaii, as a child-friendly destination ideal for the family.
“The intensity of travel in India could put you off taking a trip here en famille, but Kerala is a family-friendly version, more laid-back than other regions, greener, slower paced. There are also lots of national parks for elephant spotting, palm-fringed beaches and boat trips along the lush canals of the backwaters,’’ it said. Kerala Tourism Director S Harikishore, who led the state delegation to the WTM, received the award from Lonely Planet. The WTM, the leading travel trade event attended by industry representatives from around the world which commenced on November 4, concluded on Thursday. Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes was among those who visited the Kerala pavilion at the WTM, themed on the Ayurveda. Rhodes, who retired from international cricket in 2003 after a spectacular career during which he became best fielder in world cricket, is a brand ambassador for South African Tourism.
“With the British economy registering the fastest growth in the last three years in the previous quarter, the mood at the World Travel Mart hosted by London was upbeat,” said Harikishore.
The UK is the most important market for Kerala, recording nearly 1.5 lakh tourist arrivals in the state last year. The Kerala delegation included 12 co-exhibitors representing the hospitality industry from the state.
The co-exhibitors were Abad Hotels & Resorts, Carnoustie Beach Resort and Ayurveda Spa, Intersight Tours & Travels, Jayasree Travels and Tours, Joy’s Resorts & Hotels, KTDC Hotels & Resorts, Kumarakom Lake Resort, Lake Palace Resort, Spiceland Holidays, Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa, Vythiri Resort and Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala.