Inspite being a very peaceful
State, the government places a high premium on the
safety and security of the tourists visiting Kerala. The services of the
tourism police, previously available in only a few places, is being extended to more destinations. The lifeguard
service at Kovalam beach, which has won the appreciation of many a
tourist, will be extended to other beaches and backwaters where
necessary. Intensive training programmes will be organised for the
tourism police and life guards. Arrangements are being made to enable
the tourists to bring complaints to the notice of the Department of
Tourism. Suggestions and complaints are followed up with immediate
action. At a later stage, Public Relations Cells will also be set up at important tourist destinations.
The government is introducing an Insurance Scheme
for Tourists visiting Kerala. Under this novel scheme, a tourist, even
when relieved of their money, important travel documents and
tickets, will still be able to undertake their return journey.
All tendencies that destroy our environment and our
social or cultural values are being actively
discouraged. Necessary laws and regulations to this effect are being
brought into force.
vigil against drug trafficking, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS is being
strengthened in the context of tourism development. In short, the policy
of the government is to utilise tourism as an effective and active
instrument to promote mutual understanding among various cultures. To instill a sense of pride in our art and cultural
heritage and to nurture the forces that work for the protection of our
archaeological buildings and museums.