Kerala Tourism to honour Olympic medallists Sindhu, Sakshi

 Kochi, Aug 22 (PTI) As a gesture of gratitude and appreciation for bringing glory to the nation, Kerala Tourism and Kerala Travel Mart Society will invite Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik to enjoy the state's scenic beauty.

The duo will also be honoured at the upcoming ninth edition of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), which will be inaugurated on September 27, said KTM Society President Abraham George.

"This invitation to see the very best of what Kerala has to offer with carefully tailored tour itineraries across the state is our way of thanking the country's newest sporting heroes for making us proud.

"We will pull out all the stops to ensure their stay here will be as memorable as their performances," George said in a release here.

The largest gathering of tourism stakeholders in the state 'KTM 2016'  organised by the KTM Society in association with the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala runs from September 28-30.

From the healing touch of authentic Ayurvedic therapies to the peace and serenity of hill stations, a tranquil cruise along the backwaters or enjoying splendid unspoiled beaches, the champion athletes are assured of some well-deserved rest and relaxation in Kerala, home to sprint queen P T Usha, he said.

George said the presence of Sindhu and Sakshi at the KTM will add lustre to the growing appeal of the biennial tourism industry conclave, which expects to see some 560 international delegates and over 1,300 domestic buyers in attendance during its three-day run.

An array of products, services and packages from around 261 sellers including hotels, houseboats, Ayurveda resorts and tour operators, will be showcased at the event here, the organisers said.

KTM 2016 will focus on the themes of 'Responsible Tourism' and 'Muziris and Spice Route', they added.