Hospitality with a difference!

Persons associated with the hospitality industry are generally courteous to guests. But security guards and some of the taxi drivers at the hotel where the `Kerala Travel Mart 2004' was held last week, preferred to use muscle power at scribes who covered the event. They abused the scribes and tried to manhandle them.

The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, directed the Tourism Minister, K. C. Venugopal, to initiate action against those responsible for the incident. Scribes who had gone to this hotel to cover the press conference of the Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, too had similar experience. The hotel's security staff detained some of the scribes at the hotel's entrance and demanded identity cards even as the police, in charge of the Patriarch's security, were standing nearby. The scribes, who were rushing against deadlines, were also angered at the fact that the organisers invited the Chief Minister to deliver the inaugural address only after speeches by at least eight persons.

The International Boat Show, organised by the Tourism Department, begins on Friday. Will the scribes be at the receiving end again?

By John L. Paul