Puducherry, Jan 28 (PTI) Puducheerry government was aiming to promote the union territory as an international tourist destination, Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy today said. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

He was speaking after distributing prizes to the winners on the concluding day of the four-day first international sailing competition organised by the French Embassy in India and Puducherry Tourism department here as part of the ongoing `Bon Jour India` event. Also Read - 'Jammu And Kashmir to Reopen For Tourism Soon', Says J&K Administration

“We are keen to ensure that Puducherry emerges as an international tourist destination,” he said. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre Announces Guidelines For Unlock 2, Lockdown Till July 31 in Containment Zones

Narayanaswamy said Puducherry, a former French colony, had been maintaining vivid relationship with France and had been holding several events for some years now and the sailing event was yet another important fixture.

“I visualise that Puducherry will emerge as an international centre for holding several events and specifically a regular sailing competition as an annual event in future also,” he said.

French Consul General for Puducherry and Chennai Catherine Suard welcomed those present.

Competitions were held under different categories in which sailors from within the country and from abroad participated.

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