Kochi becomes first Indian city to be a member of Beijing headquartered, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Council and join its league of leading tourism cities across the world.
The invitation to be the member of the council was sent to Kerala Tourism Department by WTCF which was formally accepted the state Tourism Department on 10 August 2015.
The membership acceptance document was handed over to Chinese Ambassador to India Le Yucheng by the Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the function held in Kochi.
Kochi was invited to be the member of the council on ground of its partnerships in culture, sports and tourism. In case of Kochi its cuisine, martial arts and snake and dragon boat races fulfils the set ground for membership.
On this occasion the Chinese Ambassador expressed interest in bringing investment from China to Kerala’s tourism sector for construction of an entertainment city and an oceanarium.
- The WTCF, headquartered at Beijing is a non-profit, non-governmental international organisation voluntarily formed by tourism cities like Los Angeles, Berlin, Barcelona and many other world famous tourism cities and tourism-related institutions.
- It is the world’s first international tourism federation with cities as the main body.
- It is committed to its core concept of “Better City Life through Tourism” and promoting cooperation between members in the development of global platform for cooperation and development of tourism.
- Initiated in 2012 at Beijing with 58 cities and now increased to 135 members that also include 88 city members and 47 non-city members.