New Delhi: G Kamala Vardhana Rao IAS, an officer in the 1990 batch, Kerala Cadre has been appointed as the Chairman & Managing Director (C&MD) of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Before assuming the office at ITDC, Rao was designated as the Principal Secretary, Government of Kerala. Rao also served as the Secretary of Kerala Tourism in the year 2014-15.
In a span of close to three decades, Rao has served multiple positions including Chairman of Indian Tobacco Board; Director of Fisheries Department; Director, Department of Tourism & Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Managing Director of SC/ST Corporation in Andhra Pradesh; the Revenue Secretary of Kerala; and the District Collector, Kollam, Kerala
ITDC was incorporated in 1966 with a mandate to develop and expand tourism infrastructure in the country. The corporation has been moving ahead with consistent efforts on development, growth and world-class services and amenities to its guests.
Apart from running hotels, the ITDC has diversified into non-hotel sectors like ticketing, tours and travels, event management, duty-free shopping, publicity and printing consultancy, engineering consultancy, mounting sound and light shows, hospitality education, and skill development.