UV Jose IAS New Kerala Tourism Director

UV Jose IAS has been appointed as the New Director of Kerala Tourism in place of Ms. T.V. Anupama IAS. According to official communique Mr. Jose will also holds the additional charge of the Director of Social Welfare Department, Kerala. 

Prior to this he was serving as District Collector of Kottayam. He has also served as Director Kerala Institute of Travel & Tourism Studies, Director of Grand Kerala Shopping Festival and Director of Kerala State Urban Development project.

Mr. U. V. Jose is a Civil Engineer with MBA and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and has done the Executive Development Institute in Tourism (EDIT) course at the University of Hawaii, USA.

Mr. Jose has over 15 years of experience in tourism planning and development and has led the Planning and Development Division of the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala for about 10 years as Planning officer and Additional Director (Planning and Project). Through innovative development strategies he has contributed significantly in positioning Kerala as the leading tourist destination in the country.

He is one of the major forces behind the conceptualization and implementation of Rural Tourism and Responsible Tourism initiatives in Kerala and framing the new tourism policy for the state. Mr.  Jose was one of the panelists for two panel discussions in the recently concluded World Responsible Day Celebration held at London on 8th November 2011 on ‘Role of Government in Making Tourism more sustainable’ and ‘Making Destinations more Sustainable’.

He worked in private sector for 3 years as Director and COO of Green Gateway Leisure Ltd (GGL) and Chief Operating Officer of Great India Tourism Planners and Consultants (GITPAC) International. He has also worked in CWRDM, Kozhikode; NIO, Goa; Department of Town Planning and Kerala State IT Mission in various positions and has received many awards/ recognitions including National Award for best paper in Engineering. He has also published many papers in international journals.


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