Mega carnival organised to celebrate ‘World Tourism Day’
A mega carnival of floats on different tourism themes was organised in Bhubaneswar, by Odisha Tourism Department in association with Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), to commemorate ‘World Tourism Day’ coinciding the Golden Jubilee Convention of FHRAI being held in the city.
It was flagged off by SC Jamir, Governor of Odisha in presence of Ashok Chandra Panda, the State tourism minister, LN Gupta, principal secretary, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha and other important dignitaries.
The carnival was a show of variety of tourism products with a dozen tableaux depicting Buddhist heritage of Odisha, wildlife, tribal art and ancient Buddhist treasures of Dhauli, dancing troupes of Odisha, West Bengal, Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Assam, etc and vintage cars, motor cycles, college and school children carrying placards of the World Tourism Day theme ‘1 Billion Tourists – 1 Million Opportunities’.
Adding colour to the procession were folk artistes and classical dancers from different regions of Odisha. The carnival provided a platform to folk art forms like Jodi Sankha, Ghata Badya, Dulduli and dances like Ranapa, Ghoda Nacha, Mask Dance besides Odissi and tribal dances. Artistes from Odisha also performed the famous Naga Medha, Durga Medha and Ravana Medha making the event a visual treat for the audience.
A senior official of the State’s Tourism Department said, “The World Tourism Day carnival was planned to showcase the rich culture and heritage as well as popular tourist destinations of the state.”