Kerala to form heli-tourism policy soon: Tourism minister PA Mohammed Riyas – The New Indian Express

from Express News Service

KOCHI: Kerala will soon have a heli-tourism policy, Tourism Minister PA Mohammed Riyas said in Kochi on Saturday. He inaugurated the state government’s heli-tourism project ‘Sky Escapes’ in collaboration with Chipsan Aviation at the Kochi airport.

Riyas said the government was considering a heli-tourism policy in the state. “The heli-tourism policy will be the first in the country. This will help promote the concept and attract more tourists. We plan to make the project more convenient for people. We are now exploring the potential of heli-tourism,” he said.

He said the state government would grace the role of facilitator in the project. According to him, the infrastructure for the project will be developed with the participation of private players. A microsite containing information about the heli-tourism service was also launched. “As part of the project, we will coordinate with helicopter operators. We expect more helicopter operators to join the project.

More helipads will be developed by the state government in collaboration with private companies,” he said
He said the advantage of heli-tourism is that tourists can explore all the destinations without wasting time. “Kerala is a densely populated state with high vehicular density and tourists often hesitate to visit all the tourist destinations due to traffic jams.

However, heli-tourism will help tourists reach all destinations within a short time,” he said. Tourism Secretary K Biju, Tourism Director PB Nooh, District Collector NSK Umesh and KTIL Chairman SK Saneesh participated in the event. The helicopter took off from Kochi airport with two couples to Munnar as part of the event.

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