Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Jan. 14 -- : Madhya Pradesh and Kerala have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for implementation of the Kerala Responsible Tourism (RT) initiative.

As per an official release, the Responsible Tourism initiative involves local communities and makes tourism a tool for rural development.

The two states signed a joint declaration under which Kerala will extend a series of services under a 16-point programme. The MoUs were exchanged at a ceremony here by Kerala's Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran and his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Usha Thakur.

Speaking on the occasion, Surendran said Responsible Tourism is the "only tool for sustainable development of tourism" as it creates better places for people ...