The 18th International Puri Beach Festival to start from November 23, 2012. This was decided at a high level meeting presided by Tourism Minister Maheswar Mohanty.
A preparatory meeting was held under chairmanship of Maheswar Mohanty, Minister Tourism, Culture and P&C in his Secretariat Chamber today to discuss and finalize the programme to be held from 23rd November to 29th November, 2012. Important exhibition, food stalls, beach sports, special boat race among local fisherman, sand art show, Helium Balloon Ride, Kite fly show, Camel Ride & Horse ride on the Beach, Meena bazaar & merry go-round, Bhagabat Katha discourse will be organise like last year. Information Broucher will be prepared on different visiting places of Puri for distribution to public and tourist. Arrangement of tourist guide will be made this year. Minister Sri Mohanty told that there is a growing trend in the tourist arrival to the city Puri and Odisha during the festival due to continuity of the festival.
The festival is brand festival of Odisha for the past 17 years without change of date, time & venue. Mahodadhi National Award, Mahodadhi Sammana and Mahodadhi Manapatra award will be given to the important personalities for their contribution to the society.
Principal Secretary Ashok Kumar Tripathy told that Odisha tourism has declared this year as “Visit Odisha Year-2012” and special publicity will be made for international Puri beach Festival-2012 in all publicity materials both by Odisha tourism and India tourism.
R.K. Das Mohapatra, President, festival organizing committee told that each member of hotel association of Puri will offer special discount up to 30% on room rent and food bills during the festival period.