THOUSANDS of visitors witnessed the grand opening ceremony of the Cultural Tourism Carnival at the Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) carpark in Kuah.
It was held in conjunction with the 13th Langkawi Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2015.
The three-day carnival starting on Tuesday was organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in cooperation with the Kedah government and Lada.
Visitors were treated to vibrant cultural performances including Mek Mulung, a traditional Malay theatre art form which has been declared as performing heritage.
Several booths from government agencies were also set up to give out information to the public.
There were also stalls selling toys, art and craft as well as a cooking demonstration.
Visitors were only too delighted to try local delicacies including nasi lemuni, pulut somtam, pulut mempelam, nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, lemang and otak -otak JB.
In his opening speech, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said it had been his aim to develop the tourism sector as it played a very important role in the state’s growth.
“We must make full use of this opportunity to promote Langkawi.
“Tourism can create more jobs, especially in the hotel and transport sectors,” he said.
Also enjoying the carnival were Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Tourism Malaysia Board of Directors chairman Tan Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Lada chief executive officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli and state exco members.
At the event, Mukhriz and Nazri also launched the Discover Kedah 2016 Campaign in conjunction with Visit Kedah Year 2016.