Puducherry: Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Thursday inaugurated the five day annual food festival organized by the Tourism Department under the banner Gourmet 2012.
 
Speaking on the occassion, he said the administration was keen on according priority to tourism in its plan.

Welfare and Tourism Minister P.Rajavelu who presided, said the food festival was part of the department's initiatives to attract foreign and domestic tourists.

The department had been implementing several programmes, including international yoga festival, dance programmes and other events on different dates to attract tourists.

The festival has made available different varieties of food that is having cultural import and traditional features of various countries, he said.

Rajavelu said Puducherry was a rendezvous for tourists from all over the world and added that the department would hold festivals according to its schedule of events to augment flow of visitors.

(Agencies)

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