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World's 1st underwater CEO conference at Kovalam.
  • May 2017

Kerala Tourism has always tried to maintain, a momentum to keep their destinations are pro active and an experiential one to tourists. The Government and Industry stake holders are working in a tandem and this synergy turns Kerala- God’s Own Country as one of the most happening place in the Indian Sub Continent.    

Recently few of the senior corporate leaders under Mr. Raj Gopaal Iyer, a Professional Hotelier joined together for a noble cause. In a bid to highlight the issues of beach and marine pollution and global warming, the world's first ever  underwater CEO conference, in which heads of five corporate companies participated, was held at nearby Kovalam in Trivandrum, the Capital city of Kerala- God’s Own Country. 

During the Underwater conference a Memorandum of Understanding has signed to initiate steps to protect ocean ecosystem and fight against marine pollution. The event aptly titled 'Ocean Love'.

Udaya Samudra Hotels & Resorts group and Bondsafari Scuba Divers has jointly organised the innovative event, claimed to be a first of its kind in the world. Mr. Raja Gopaal Iyer, CEO of UDS Group of Hotels, Ms. HemaMenon (UST Global), Mr. Dinesh P Thambi (TCS), Mr. Shyam Kumar (Neologix) and Mr. Rony Thomas (Avon Mobility Solutions Pvt.Ltd) were the participants.

Mr. Jackson Peter, MD, Bond Safari, gave all technical support for the facilitation of the event.

The participants vowed all support for the protection of marine ecosystem for the benefit of the humanity, the release added.

The conference has also discussed on various issues such as the adverse human impact on oceans, over fishing, pollution, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change. The conference has also witnessed a pledge to 'protect the ocean and marine life' and drawn up a plan for a long term and sustainable itinerary for the campaign. The CEOs has highlighted the need for an urgent network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to help sustain the oceans that in turn is vital for human survival.

Mr. Raj Iyer informed that the Hotels and resorts situated on the coastal belt of south India will form the “Beach and Marine Protection Club” (BMEPC) to commit to protect the ocean and marine life. They will also join hands to reduce marine debris by constant routine beach and underwater cleaning. The club will be launched on June 8, 2017, on the World Oceans Day 

 
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