KERALA

KTDC to set up three-star hotels in Kannur, Alappuzha

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), the Government owned largest hotel chain with over 60 properties in the State, would set up three-star hotels in Alappuzha and Kannur and upgrade Hotel Chaithram in the capital into a three-star as part of further boosting the growth of the tourism sector.

Disclosing this at a press conference here today, KTDC chairman Pandalam Sudhakaran and Managing Director M. N. Gunavardhanan said the corporation had chalked out development projects to the tune of Rs. 40 crores as part of creating more infrastructure facilities for domestic and foreign tourists.

The KTDC is to attract all class of domestic and foreign tourists by providing modern facilities and good service. All the staff are being trained to provide good service, he said.

Star hotels

The three star hotels to come up in Kannur would be at Payambalam beach and the one in Alappuzha near the PWD Rest House premises.

Both the hotels are being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 8.8 crores each. It would have 50 rooms each and other modern facilities as in a star hotel. The paper work for the projects has commenced, he added.

The KTDC chairman said Hotel Chaithram would be upgraded into a three star hotel at a cost of Rs. 8.8 crores. The upgraded hotel would have two big conference halls, a small conference hall and car parking in the basement.

As part of attracting the Meeting Incentive Convention Exhibition (MICE) tourism to the KTDC property in the beach resort of Kovalam, a modern conference hall would be constructed in Hotel Samudra at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 lakhs.

To a query, Mr. Sudhakaran said the Tamil Nadu Government had approved the plan for constructing a hotel in the 55 cents of land owned by the KTDC in Chennai.

The financial and other modalities for the project are to be worked out.

Boat terminal

A boat terminal and a motel with two rooms, restaurant and beer parlour would soon start functioning in Kumarakom. In Chottuva, a boat terminal, restaurant, conference hall and children's park would be set up. In Mannarcaud, a Yatri Nivas would be set up. An eco-friendly resort with 43 rooms had already commenced at Thanneermukkam.

Pathiramanal

Replying to queries, Mr. Sudhakaran said the KTDC had approached the State Government to commence an eco-friendly tourism project in Pathiramanal in Alappuzha district.

The corporation would run the project if it is cleared by the Government.

The KTDC was ready to take over the Kovalam Hotels if the M-far group decides to dispose it off.

"We are serious about it. We should get the priority if the property is being sold. Money is not a problem for us", he added.

The KTDC's turnover during the last fiscal year was Rs. 40 crores and the operational profit was Rs. 3.9 crores as per the provisional figures, Mr. Gunavardhanan said.

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