ALAPPUZHA: At a time when the state's tourism industry is badly hit by Covid-19 , Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) is showing its social responsibility. KTDC , a state government undertaking, has provided 21 of its properties to arrange paid institutional quarantine (PIQ) for returnees from abroad and other states. For this, the agency has slashed room rent, which is inclusive of breakfast, lunch, tea-snacks and dinner.
In Thiruvananthapuram, KTDC has allotted its four hotels and resorts, including Mascot Hotel, for 14-day PIQ. "The rent for one room is Rs 3,700 per day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner at the premium hotel. Normally, the one-day rent for a room in Mascot Hotel is Rs 5,000 without tax and food," said KTDC MD Krishna Teja.
Teja said KTDC has voluntarily come forward to allot their properties for PIQ. "It is our social responsibility to provide our properties for PIQ," he said.
In Kollam, KTDC allotted one hotel - Tamarind - as PIQ while in Alappuzha two hotels and resorts (Ripple Land near Alappuzha town and Suvasam at Thanneermukkom) were allotted. The other facilities provided for Covid-19 relief in each district are: Tamarind Hotel, Changanassery ( Kottayam ); Tea County, Munnar, and Tamarind, Peermedu (Idukki); Bolgatty Palace (Ernakulam); Tamarind near Indoor Stadium and Tamarind and Nandanam, Guruvayur (Thrissur); Garden House, Malampuzha, and Tamarind, Mannarkkad (Palakkad); Tamarind, Kondotty, and Tamarind, Nilambur (Malappuram); Tamarind, Thirunelly, and Pepper Grove, Sulthan Bathery (Wayanad); and Tamarind, Mangattuparamba (Kannur).
"We have 29 properties in the state and of them, 21 have been given for PIQ. The properties in the forest area like Ponmudi and Thekkady and those under maintenance have not been allotted," said KTDC marketing manager Rajmohan G S.
KTDC's initiative, which started 10 days ago, has evoked good response as they have rented out 800 rooms so far. "Our rooms in Thiruvananthapuram district are most sought after," he said.