Kerala tourism leadership shuffle: KTDC to get new MD as Krishna Teja steps down

Krishna Teja will hand over the charge to Vigneswari, who is now the Director of Collegiate Education.

VR Krishna Teja IAS, Director of Tourism, will hand over charge of Managing Director of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) to V Vigneshwari IAS on December 20, 2021. Teja will continue to be the Director of Kerala Tourism.

Teja’s two-year tenure as KTDC’s executive head was marked by a string of initiatives that saw the state-owned hospitality major making major strides, despite the pandemic-induced challenges. Vigneswari, now Director of Collegiate Education, is a Kerala Cadre IAS officer of 2015 batch.

It was under Teja that KTDC introduced the country’s first quarantine package as a timely boost to the travel sector. During his tenure, KTDC achieved a profit of Rs 2.70 crore, despite the pandemic-caused setback to tourism the world over.

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VR Krishna Teja, Managing Director, KTDC, at the launch of Keravan Kerala

Teja also diversified the portfolio of KTDC with the launch of several projects such as Ripple Land in Alappuzha, Loom Land in Kannur, Folk Land in Mangattuparamba and Flotilla, the floating restaurant at Veli, besides the Aahaar brand of restaurants that went on to gain a brand value after being set up in the motels at Alappuzha, Kayamkulam, Vadakara and various other locations.

In June, KTDC launched the innovative In-Car Dining, for serving travelers food inside their vehicles, allaying health risks of eating in public places when the pandemic was at its peak.

The quarantine package saw guests occupying more than 25,000 rooms of KTDC during the pandemic.

The corporation signed marketing pacts for regular business with the premier online travel portal Makemytrip.com and IRCTC, the largest PSU in the tourism sector. Worth noting is the fact that these pacts were signed up at a time when the pandemic was at its peak.

Today, KTDC is poised to switch over completely to software-based operations.

Under the leadership of Teja, KTDC has completed the renovation works of Chaithram hotel in Thiruvananthapuram, and has since re-branded it as The Grand Chaithram while Barracks, the rooftop restaurant at Mascot Hotel, also in Thiruvananthapuram, has been completed.

KTDC’s Munnar Tea County resort in hilly Idukki district has also been completely renovated, while a 30-room hotel will soon be opened at Kanyakumari.  

KTDC, during Teja’s stint, was able to resolve the technical hiccups in its star beach hotel project at Kozhikode. Construction work on KTDC’s five-star beach project at Muzhappilangad near Kannur was also commenced during his tenure.