Kerala to host Tourism ministers' meet on sidelines of Onam celebrations

Kerala Tourism's week-long cultural extravaganza to mark Onam celebrations will kick off on September 10, showcasing the state's vibrant classical and folk dances, modern art and performing traditions.

As part of the Onam celebrations, the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram, will also host the State Tourism Ministers Conclave, to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on September 16, the concluding day of the festival.

Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel will be the chief guest at the meet to be held at nearby beach resort Kovalam, state Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran told a press meet on Friday.

Besides deliberating on key topics like sustainable tourism, challenges faced by the industry, and branding and promotion of State Tourism Boards, the amazing story of Kerala's post-flood resurgence will be presented before the entire country at the conclave, he said.

Last year, Onam Week Celebrations were cancelled as the state was overwhelmed by the devastating floods which had claimed over 400 lives.