Kochi has become the first Indian city to be granted membership of Beijing-headquartered World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Council with Kerala’s Tourism Department accepting the invitation to join its league of leading tourism cities across the world. A leading destination for India, Kochi well deserves the entry. This will be an opportunity for the two regions to partner in activities related to culture, sports and tourism, as there are many similarities between China and Kerala – especially in the cuisine, martial arts and snake boat races. End with – An enduring example of exemplary tourism promotion, Kochi has always created a worthy benchmark for other destinations in India. The entry into this esteemed list is yet another example of Kochi, and Kerala’s, fine display of tourism acumen.