Fun & Games

Kuakata Mega Beach Carnival kicks off tomorrow

DHAKA, Jan 13, 2017 (BSS) - The first ever "Kuakata Mega Beach Carnival-2017" would begin tomorrow eying to make the south-eastern sandy beach of Bangladesh familiar as popular tourist destination both locally and internationally.

With the slogan of "Sun-Fun-Gaan", the mega tourism event would start through colorful rally where ministers, high officials, local government representatives, local people and ethnic minorities would take part.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is scheduled to inaugurate the grand opening of the three-day carnival on Saturday morning.

"Successful celebration of the mega carnival would acquaint the Kuakata beach and adjacent tourism spots with the local and international tourists," Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) chief executive officer (CEO) Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir told BSS.

He said BTB under the supervision of tourism ministry is organising the mega event, while 2016 was announced as "Tourism Year" by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Kabir said BTB, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) and non-government tourism organisations would organise round-the-year events till 2018 as part of the Tourism Year's programmes to brand Bangladesh as a single tourist destination.

Kuakata is located at Patuakhali district, south-eastern side of

Bangladesh, which has a sandy beach of 18 kilometers long and three

kilometers wide. From the beach, one can have an unobstructed view of both sunrise and sunset over the Bay of Bengal.

In the three-day carnival, special entertainment facilities have been organised for the tourists such as beach football, beach cricket, volleyball, kite flying, local games, water bike, ATB rides, boat rowing, beach lighting, camp fire, Kuakata-Sundarban Sea cursing etc.

Besides, eye-catching natural view of Kuakata, diversified life styles of Rakhaine people, historical water well, boat of ancient period, Buddhist temple and 100 Gods Temple of Hindu communities would be the special attraction of the carnival.

Moreover, adventurous tourism attractions like human foosball, ascending and descending, tree top activities, adventure gear shop, fire camp, BBQ, forest trekking, walking and cycle rally would also be organised to attract tourists.

Closing ceremony of the carnival would be held on the night of January 16.

About the participation of foreign tourists, Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said few countries have still continued travel advisory that is why ambassadors and high commissioners of different countries have been invited to the carnival.

"They (envoys) would disseminate messages to their citizens about the beauty of Kuakata and Bangladesh," he hoped.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)