Dear Smt. Sushma Swaraj Ji,
I would like to bring to your kind attention our concern and disappointment at the denial of opportunity for promoting State tourism in an international forum.
On an invitation from the Secretary General, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to attend the 22nd session of the General Assembly of UNWTO, scheduled to be held in Chengdu, China from 11 to 16 September 2017, Shri Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala, applied online for political clearance for the visit. He has since received information that the clearance has been denied.
The objective behind undertaking the visit was to learn from international experience about developing the tourism sector in Kerala. The theme of the session “Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals – the journey to 2030” was relevant and of significance since Kerala has been taking several initiatives in the area of responsible tourism, and participation would have given an opportunity to present the State’s achievements before an international audience, besides obtaining insights from experiences of other countries.
It is unfortunate that a State delegation headed by the Minister for Tourism has been denied the opportunity to participate in an international forum. I request that the decision may be reconsidered.
Smt. Sushama Swaraj,
Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs,
Government of India,
South Block, New Delhi-110011.