Thiruvananthapuram: K Rupesh Kumar, coordinator of Kerala's Responsible Tourism (RT) Mission, has been selected to a prestigious international panel which trains people who would later themselves work as trainers in the field of society-based tourism.
Incidentally, of the 300 persons based in various countries around the world who took part in the course to select members of the panel, only four completed the training successfully from India and two of them, including Rupesh, belong to Kerala. The other person from the state to earn the selection is Sebastian Kuruvilla, a researcher on responsible tourism.
The course is conducted by International Trade Centre, a Switzerland-based organization and entry was limited to persons heading local society-based tourism projects which attracted international attention and researchers. Rupesh has been involved in responsible tourism activities in Kerala since 2007.
The panel trains people around the world to create society-based tourism projects which are sustainable and responsible. The training is intended to support the plan of various countries to promote such tourism projects considering the COVID-19 situation.