Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: The Travel Corporation of India (TCI), Kochi has bagged the Kerala State Tourism Award for having handled the maximum number of tourists and for the travel agent who earned the most foreign exchange during 2005-2006. This is for the second consecutive year that the TCI is bagging the award.

Pionel Personalised Private Ltd, West Island, Kochi won the award for the Best Tour Operator. Sanjay Sharma, General Manager, Le Meridien, Kochi was selected as the Best Hotel Manager in the awards announced here on Wednesday.

Le Meridien, Kochi was adjudged the Best Five-Star Deluxe Hotel and the Taj Residency, Marine Drive, Kochi, the Best Five-Star Hotel. Spice Village, Thekkady won the award for the Best Four-Star Hotel and Marari Beach in Alappuzha the award for the Best Three-Star Hotel.

KTDC’s Hotel Samudra in Kovalam won the award Best Two-Star Hotel and it Periyar House in Kumily, for the best hotel in One Star section.

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, Kottayam was adjudged the Best Heritage Hotel. Somatheeram Ayurvedic Hospital and Yoga Centre, Chowara near Kovalam was selected as the Best Approved and Classified Ayurvedic Centre in the State and Tranquil, Kuppamudi Coffee Estate, Wayanad the Best Approved Homestay.

Rainbow cruises, Alappuzha, was adjudged the Best Approved and Classified House Boat Operator and KTDC’s Motel Araam, Krishnapuram, Kayamkulam, the Best Motel/Wayside Amenity Centre for the second year.

Wedding in Kerala Travel Planners, Thiruvananthapuram, was adjudged the Best Innovative Tourism Project and Vagaom Hideout Resort, Vagamon, Idukki got the award for the Most Eco-friendly Tourism Project. The award for the best Performing District Tourism Promotion Council went to Kannur.

The award for the Best Tourism related article went to S. Anil Radhakrishnan, Senior Reporter, The Hindu, Thiruvananthapuram and Venu Nair, Thiruvananthapuram won the award for the best tourism-related documentary.

The award for the Best Tourism Police Personnel went to Raju N. of South Police Station, Alappuzha. M. R. V. H. S, Kasaragod and St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Telicherry bagged the award for the Best Tourism Club Award.

K. V. Ravishankar, Editor, Tourism India’s (Malabar Tourism Handbook) was chosen for the award for the Best Tourism Publication/Brochure.