KERALA TOURISM NEWSLETTER
French Team calls on Kerala Tourism Minister, lauds Beypore Water Fest
A newly-added event from Kerala on the global tourism map, Beypore Water Fest has earned plaudits from domestic and foreign travellers - particularly a group of visitors from France.
Deeply impressed by the event held at the ancient port town of Beypore on the Malabar Coast from December 26 to 29, 2021, three French visitors called on Tourism Minister Mr P. A. Mohamed Riyas to convey their appreciation of the organizing excellence and variety of items the festival featured. The French trio - sport kite experts Maxim David, his wife Katia Zen and Marie Pierre - pledged support to boost water tourism in Kerala.
The Minister told the visitors that Kerala plans to develop water tourism as a major segment by tapping on the inherent potential of the state and seizing the growing global demand. He also said the Department of Tourism has plans to set up a surfing school at Beypore.
“We are glad that the inaugural edition of the Beypore Water Fest could grab global attention and that will would encourage Kerala Tourism to take it forward as an annual feature,” Mr Riyas said.
Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism) Dr Venu V. said Kerala’s local celebratory events can be brought to the global limelight if they are conducted on the lines of the Beypore Water Fest. “That can help boost our tourism products,” he added. “We can do it by making the best use of the unique heritage of each such locality.”
Kerala Tourism Director Mr V. R. Krishna Teja suggested that all District Tourism Promotion Councils can think of organising events on the lines of the Beypore Water Fest. “We will support brilliant and viable proposals that have immense potential to boost tourism.”
Beypore Water Fest concludes
The four-day Beypore Water Fest concluded on a spectacular note with more than 4 lakh people from Kozhikode and neighbouring districts participating in it.
In the concluding ceremony, Traveller Mr. Santhosh George Kulangara said Beypore has astonished him and the festival has replaced Thrissur Pooram as the biggest extravaganza in Kerala with maximum public participation.
The festival featured races and celebrations at ten venues in Beypore. These included kayaking, paddle race, display boat, boat races, Navy’s band music and an exhibition of naval ships.
To view photos of the water fest, check : https://www.keralatourism.org/photo-gallery/beypore-water-fest-images/