The Island Tourism Festival is the annual cultural event organized for promotion of tourism and entertainment for islanders. The main events are held at Port Blair. However, various programmes, as a part of festival are also organized in other places such as Wimberlygunj, Wandoor, Neil, Havelock, Rangat, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta ,Campbell Bay etc. The 10 -day festival is held annually from 5th January with an inaugural function to be graced by Hon’ble Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, at ITF ground at VIP Road, Port Blair. The inaugural function is telecasted live on DD Bharati and is beamed for telecast in many countries.
During the festival, the main venue – ITF ground swells with people from all walks of the life and tourists. The highlight of the festival at ITF ground is the exhibition depicting strides made by the Island Administration in various spheres and sale of general merchandise, food stalls, and stalls of interest to tourists, floating restaurant etc. The main focal point, however, is the performance of mainland artists especially reputed music bands, bollywood singers, dancers, performers etc. Artists of East Zone & South Zone Cultural Centers are also invited by the Art & Culture department. These artists perform simultaneously in outlying islands and also at Netaji Stadium, Port Blair. asya kavisammelan is also organized by the official language department to delight the crowd.
Island Tourism Festival celebrated in Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a ten-day long festival of dance, drama and music. Exhibitions, displaying arts and crafts, flora and fauna and marine life, are part of the event. Aqua sports and para-sailing are added attraction.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have an unique culture, where all religions, languages, ethnic groups live in total peace and harmony and hence it is rightly called Mini India. Port Blair has a cosmopolitan character where people of all walks of life live together in peace and tranquility. All major festivals are celebrated with equal zeal and fervor and attended by all religious groups.
Island Tourism Festival is a fortnight long festival organized by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration every year (December – January) gives a festive look to the Islands. Government agencies and private entrepreneurs from the islands and Mainland India also attend the exhibition organized during the festival.
This fortnight long Island Tourism Festival, organized by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration every year between December and February in Port Blair is the main festival of the islands. The festival comprises an exhibition, cultural programmes, competitions, etc. Government agencies and private entrepreneurs from the islands and mainland India also attend the exhibition organized during the festival.
This fifteen-day long festival of dance, drama and music showcases the arts and crafts, flora and fauna and marine life of Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Aqua sports, tele-games and parasailing are added attractions. Dance performances from the troupes residing in different islands are organized. Cultural troupes and artistes of national and international fame are invited to perform during the festival apart from performances by the local tribals. Water sports competitions like Nicobari Hodi race are organized. The festival projects the image of the islands as an eco friendly tourist destination.