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                              MOËT HENNESSY ESTATES & WINES 
                                  LAUNCHES CHANDON IN GOA

Panjim, October, 2014: Moët Hennessy India announced the launch of CHANDON, its locally made sparkling wine from grapes grown in the Nashik region. Chandon is the first offering from the Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines portfolio to be produced in and especially for India. 

The sparkling wine is now available at leading wine retailers, hotels, restaurants and bars across Goa. It will retail for INR 1,200.

Moët Hennessy has invested in a state-of-the-art green field winery in Dindori, a sub-region of the Nashik district known for growing high-quality grapes. CHANDON has been created by Moët Hennessy’s team of international and local wine makers and viticulturists, closely working with grape growers from the Nashik region. The wine has been crafted combining the finest local grapes with the centuries-old “méthode traditionnelle” to ensure the signature Chandon style.

Chandon Brut is made from Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Speaking on the occasion, CEO and President of Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines, Jean-Guillaume Prats said, “The market for wine, and especially sparkling wine, in India is nascent. This presents potential for CHANDON to grow the pie and tap into the latent demand that exists in Indian cities. The most important objective for the brand this year is to nurture the existing demand for wines in the market. Chandon is targeted at young urban men and women who are interested in embracing an international lifestyle whilst taking pride in all that is Indian. The Chandon philosophy is to marry the brand’s French heritage and savoir-faire with the local character and new world innovations, ensuring the highest quality sparkling wine.”

For more details about Chandon, visit: www.chandon.co.in

About Moët Hennessy India:

Moët Hennessy India Private Limited (MHI) is a subsidiary of Moët Hennessy, part of LVMH - Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury group. MHI was incorporated in India on April 1, 2001. The company undertakes import, sales and marketing in India of a luxury portfolio of wines and spirits. The company’s international brands that are available in the country today are Ardbeg, Belvedere, Cloudy Bay, Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Glenmorangie, Hennessy, Krug, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot.

About Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines:

Moët Hennessy’s portfolio of overseas vineyards is the fruit of an exciting series of acquisitions started some 50 years ago. The house of Moët & Chandon first wanted to invest in and develop vineyards in Argentina where the terroirs were capable of producing fine sparkling wines following the traditional Champagne method. In the 1980s and 1990s, the prestigious house of Veuve Clicquot looked to California, Australia and New Zealand to acquire labels and vineyards that symbolized the New World.

More recently new vineyards have been planted or acquired in Spain, Argentina and on New Zealand’s South Island. Today, Estates & Wines brings together and manages these estates collectively allowing each of them to thrive with its own personality and distinctive style and terroir.

 About Chandon:

In the late 1950s, Moët & Chandon, the world’s leading Champagne House since 1743, began exploring the potential for producing world class sparkling wines outside of the Champagne region, under the ‘Chandon’ name. The first Chandon Estate was created in 1959 in Argentina followed by California (1973), Brazil (1973) and Australia (1986).  

Following in the pioneering steps of the founders and continuing its search for new winemaking territories, Moët Hennessy determined that the Nashik region had the potential to produce world-class, premium quality sparkling wine. Chandon is the first offering from Moët Hennessy to be made in India. Combining the centuries-old sparkling wine-making practices of “méthode traditionnelle” with the finest local grapes


  • Panjim, September 25, 2014: Goa Tourism is organizing celebrations for the World Tourism Day themed around Tourism and Community Development in various places across the State from 27 to 29 September, 2014. These events will highlight the involvement of various communities through the activities. 
  • Mr. Ameya Abhyankar IAS, Director, Department of Tourism said, “Communities play an important role as stakeholders in tourism and thus community development is essential for tourism to be sustainable.”
  • Programme highlights for the celebrations: 
  • Sensitization Programme on Miramar beach by Panjim school students of Don Bosco 
  • High School, Green Rosary High School and Sharada Mandir which will be followed by a beach run at 8:30 am
  • Photo Exhibition on the topic: “Goa, then and now” on the Ground Floor of Miramar 
  • Residency followed post the beach ruN
  • Drawing and painting competition for students of Mustifund High School, Red Rosary 
  • High School, Progress High School, People’s High School and Mary Immaculate Girls 
  • High School Panjim at Dayanand Bandodkar Samadhi, Miramar at 11:00 am
  • “Heritage Walk” for students from S. S. Dempo college of Commerce and Economics, 
  • V.M. Salgaocar College of Law and Dempe College which will commence at 4:00pm from Viceroy’s Arch, Old Goa and wind up at Basilica of Bom Jesus. The walk will be conducted by Shri. Sanjeev Sardesai, promoter of Hands on Historians in conjunction with Goa Tourism 
  • Boat Cruise for special children of Sanjay School, Porvorim will be organized on September 29, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 aM


  • Panjim, September 15th – Goa with its scenic beauty and splendor beaches gets a facelift to its beaches across the State. Goa Tourism has taken up the task of cleaning the beaches through manual means to have clean and hygienic beaches which will help improve tourism potential in the State. The contract began taking shape early this month and today Goa’s Honorable Chief Minister; Shri Manohar Parrikar launched Goa Tourism’s ‘Clean Goa Beautiful Goa’ campaign on Miramar Beach, Panjim, Goa in the presence of Honorable Minister of Tourism, Shri Dilip Parulekar; Principal Secretary, Tourism, Government of Goa, R. K Srivastava IAS; Chairman, GTDC, Nilesh Cabral and Director, Department of Tourism, Shri Ameya Abhyankar IAS.
  • M/s Bhumika Transport, Waste Handling Services, a Mumbai led consortium has been awarded the contract work for North Goa beaches which includes Miramar, Keri, Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Vagator, Ozrant, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul, Caranzalem, Siridao, Bambolim for an amount of Rs. 7,51,40,999 for the first year. M/s Ram Engineering and Construction Company, a Mumbai led consortium will manage the South Goa stretch which includes Majorda, Baina, Bogmolo,Velsao, Arrosim, Utorda, Majorda,  Betalbatim, Colva, Sernabatim, Benaulim, Zalor, Fatrade,Varca, Cavelossim, Agonda, Palolem, Patnem, Rajbag, Talpona, Galgibag for an amount of Rs. 7,0487,999 for the first year. The contract is primarily awarded for a period of 15 months and the same has a term period of 5 years subject to the fulfillment of all obligations and methodology under the tender by the contractors.
  • Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Manohar Parrikar said, “The contractors will have to ensure performance and successfully comply with all the terms specified in the contract. Quarterly meetings will be held and the contractors’ performance will be reviewed based on the reports submitted by them. We want to make Goa a garbage free State and request the participation of every citizen to make this successful.”
  • The agencies are responsible for the placement of necessary infrastructure such as dust bins, segregation units, compositing pits and scientific disposal of garbage. Dustbins will be placed at every 100 meters interval; garbage will be collected from all beaches where it will be segregated into different parts such as bio degradable and non bio-degradable. The non bio-degradable waste will further be segregated into components such as plastic, glass, metal, etc. and will be staked to a central place for further disposal and the bio degradable waste will be converted into compost using compost pits.
  • The contract includes staff employed to be upright, efficient, smartly dressed in proper uniforms to match with the best standards available to give a clean and hygienic look and appearance to tourists and people at large.


Panjim, July 30, 2014: Post the success of #GoaInstawalk that was held at the Goa Forest Department, Panjim on Nature Photography Day, Goa Tourism is all set to conduct the second version of Goa Instawalk in association with the Welcome Heritage Hotels on 9th & 10th August, 2014.

Tourism Minister, Shri. Dilip Parulekar, said, “In today’s technological world, we seek to leverage the benefits of digital technology by showcasing Goa to the world. We invite all photography enthusiasts to discover a new side of Goa and enjoy all that the state has to offer”

Goa Instawalk 2.0 aims at showcasing Goa’s architectural heritage, its natural and cultural attractions as well as the greener side of Goa during monsoons. This integrated social media on ground activation will be a 2 days activity wherein places like Tambdi Surla, Kesarval Spring and Fountainhas in Goa will be covered.
An Instawalk is a real-time casual walking tour through a selected area hosted by an instagrammer or an influencer. The process follows a director that exhibits known and unknown aspects in a specific area. Instawalks are a fun way to stay connected to the world for those who like to explore, capture and use social media as a way to showcase their experiences and passion.

This initiative is an influencer engagement program which photo bloggers and influencers from across the country, local photography & Instagram enthusiasts will be a part of wherein they will be taken around the mentioned places and will be given an opportunity to showcase their passion for photography along with experiencing the cultural and natural aspect of Goa during the much awaited monsoons.

This activity is Goa Tourism’s initiative to showcase green Goa while engaging with influencers from across the country in order to give them a firsthand experience of the various aspects that Goa is made of.

Guidelines for the event:

• One can register free for #GoaInstawalk 2.0 on Goa Tourism’s official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/officialgoatourism
• To register, click here
• All the registered participants will have to assemble by 8.00 AM at Mahadev Temple in Tambdi Surla on 9th August, 2014
• The Instawalk would commence from 8.30 AM
• The event is open for people across India


Panjim | July 14, 2014: The much-awaited monsoons have finally arrived in the state and while you get ready to soak in the rains this season, why not experience that adrenaline rush by going river rafting in Goa.

Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman GTDC, said “Due to the delay in monsoons, rafting activity was at a standstill. Now that it has begun full swing, we welcome all tourists, especially the youth, to experience this exciting sport. This thrilling water sport activity has had tremendous responses over the last three years.”

The river rafting facility has commenced in July 2014 and will be available till October 2014, subject to availability of rapids and adequate water currents, and suitable weather conditions. There will be two trips beginning at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm every day. The program is open to both adults and children above 10 years.

White water rafting activities are carried out in accordance with the internationally accepted norms.  The instructors are highly trained and the operations run with a ‘safety first’ policy. Each passenger will be provided with safety equipments like life jackets, paddles following the instruction sessions from experts.

The river rafting will commence from Ustem village and will end at Sonal village in Sattari taluka covering a distance of approx ten kilometers in 90 minutes. Guests will have to report 30 minutes before departure for safety briefing and other procedures. This facility is being launched with a limited period introductory offer of Rs. 1500/- per head on all days including weekends.


This monsoon festival on June 24 has young men jumping into wells to retrieve gifts

Panaji, June 13, 2014: Goa is many things to many people and one of the foremost among these is: Celebration. The people of this state have an infectious spirit which makes Goa a popular venue for any kind of celebration right from weddings to reunions and even festivals.

Monsoons in the state are a time when there is a lot of greenery everywhere and is a great time to visit if you want to see a calmer and more refreshing side of Goa. The monsoon also brings in a festival that is unique to the state and celebrates everything that is quintessentially Goan – the Sao Jao festival. This is the feast of St. John the Baptist and is celebrated on June 24 every year.

On this day, high spirited young men jump into wells to retrieve gifts thrown in by the villagers. Sao Jao is also marked by boat races that take place in Siolim, North Goa.  Sao Jao, like any other Goan feast has that captivating spirit of merriment, colour and tradition. People dressed in colourful outfits from several villages meet near a stream front in carnival-coloured boats and floats. It is akin to the Carnival in few ways. It is celebrated with great fervour and gusto, particularly in Siolim, Anjuna, Candolim, Calangute and Assagao.

Goa Tourism is planning to promote this festival in various manners, one of the special events is a cruise that will be organized aboard the Santa Monica where visitors can bask in the festive fervor while taking a look at some breathtaking sights of Goa.


Panjim, June 12, 2014: Goa was honoured with the title of ‘Best Indian Destination for Relaxation – 2014’ at the third edition of Lonely Planet Magazine India Awards on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Mumbai, which attracted the who’s who of the travel industry.

Reacting to the latest feather in Goa Tourism’s cap, Shri Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Government of Goa, said, “We are very proud and happy to have received the Lonely Planet Travel Award 2014 for Best Indian Destination for Relaxation for 2014. Goa is a state with many facets and we have observed that tourists come here mainly because the relaxed vibe in the state is something that attracts them. We have people visiting the state for everything right from bird watching to exploring culture and even just beach hopping. Goa Tourism recognizes and understands that every tourist is distinct and important, that is why safety and cleanliness is always at the top of our list of priorities. In order to cater to a larger volume of tourists and ensure that they go back with pleasant memories we have initiated several projects to improve infrastructure, accommodation and connectivity to Goa.”

The Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards celebrates the best travel experiences available to Indians. An expert panel, comprising travel experts and professionals, shortlisted candidates in various categories, following which, readers of Lonely Planet Magazine were invited to vote both online and through the magazine. Lonely Planet is one of the world’s leading travel magazines that launched its Indian edition in 2010 and has gained a large reader base ever since.


Panjim, Wednesday, June 4, 2014: While the sun, sand and sea are the first images that come to one’s mind when you hear the word ‘Goa’, in reality this state is blessed with so much more natural beauty that it will delight even the most discerning traveler. This World Environment Day, take some time to soak in the beauty that Goa is so naturally blessed with.

Bamanbudo Waterfalls: This spectacular waterfall is located in Canacona. Bamanbudo waterfall flows down along the rocks looking more like a waterslide than a waterfall. The waterfall flows right by the roadside and is easily accessible. Since the water slides down the rocks, there is no well at the bottom and bathing is fun due to the force of the water. Other than this, there are streams rushing down the slopes, churning out milky foam amidst the breathtaking scenery.

Chorla Ghats: is located right on the north-eastern side of the Goa-Karnataka-Maharashtra boundaries. Chorla ghat is a tropical forest and now a eco-tourism destination. It is a part of the western ghats in the Sahyadri mountain range. Tourists can go explore, go bird watching, butterfly spotting and enjoy nothing but pure nature. It’s an excellent weekend getaway destination especially the neighbouring states.

Netravalli - Bubbling lake: This is an interesting lake in Sanguem taluka called the Netravali Bubbling lake It has continuous bubbles emerging on the lake surface and upon clapping the intensity of the bubbles grow with live springs suddenly gushing out in full spectacle.

Cumbarjua canal: The only place in Goa where crocodiles can actually be seen in the wild.The huge deadly-looking crocodiles with dagger-teeth are seen in the wild right here in Goa in the narrow creek that intrudes into the thick mangrove jungle near Cumbarjua village. Most crocodiles that live herespend their days sunbathing on the muddy banks of the canal watching visitors pass by in their canoes.

Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary: The epicenter for all creatures small and natural in Goa is the Mollem National park and the Bhagvan Mahaveer wildlife sanctuary. It is a haven for reptile researchers. The Mollem National park offers trails of various degrees from easy to highly difficult and regular sightings of Leopard, Gaur and sloth bears amongst others.


~ The Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism and Culture, Government of India, was in Goa for a high-level Centre-State meeting to discuss tourism
~ The MoS stressed on the importance and benefits of e-visa facilities to attract more tourists
~ A luxury train along the lines of ‘Palace on Wheels’ is also on the cards

Panjim, Monday, June 2, 2014
: Recently the Hon. Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism (Independent Charge) and Culture (Independent Charge), Government of India, Shri. Shripad Naik was in Goa to meet with the Chief Minister Shri. Manohar Parrikar and the Tourism Minister, Government of Goa, Shri. Dilip Parulekar. The purpose of this Centre-State was to chart out projects and initiatives for Goa Tourism.

Post this high-level meeting; Shri Naik, the BJP MP from North Goa who is a part of the cabinet led by Hon. Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi was in Goa for the first time after being inducted into the Union Cabinet, emphasized that world-class facilities would pave the way forward for tourism in the state. “The tourism map for Goa will be employment-centric and strengthen the tourism sector of Goa,” he said. One of the top most priorities on the agenda would be liberalization of e-visa which will help attract more tourists. Currently, Goa offers Visa on Arrival facility to only 12 countries. E-visa facilities will cover larger number of countries. Shri. Naik said, “We have made a proposal of issuing e-visas for foreign tourists. If we liberalize the visa system for foreign tourists, it will help boost tourism in the country.”

On improving the connectivity to Goa, the MoS for Tourism and Culture mentioned that the Union Railway Ministry would be approached for starting a fast train from Mumbai to Goa. “We would also initiate the proposal for a luxury train on the lines of Palace on Wheels; this will help attract more high-end tourists into the state.” This train will also have provision for middle-class passengers.

The St. Francis Xavier Exposition which is scheduled to take place in Goa during December is one of the landmark events that attract the faithful to the state, when asked whether Pope Francis would grace the occasion, Shri. Naik responded by saying that the Union Ministry of External Affairs would be approached to invite the Pope for this event. During the meeting it was decided to turn this event into a milestone in religious tourism.

In addition to the above, Shri. Naik revealed that projects to develop hinterland tourism, agro tourism and beach cleaning will be taken up. A new cruise terminal at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), Vasco has also been proposed. “We would like to boost tourism in Goa with a high quality of infrastructure and also by increasing job opportunities through tourism, this will put us on par with any other international destination,” he remarked.


Panjim, May 27, 2014: Goa Tourism has tied up with Hospitality Biz to present the Green Hotel Conference in Goa and to organize the first ever Goa Food & Hospitality Awards 2014. The events have been conceptualized and produced by Media Promotions. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited, leading global audit and consultancy firm, are the research partners for the event. Goa Marriott, which is the hospitality partner to the two events will host the events on May 30, 2014. The event is supported among others by the Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG); Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Viva Goa – Goa’s first & only lifestyle magazine.

The Green Hotel Conference, which is also being supported by the Environment Ministry of Goa, will be held during the day and is aimed at bringing together experts in the fields of green building concepts, hoteliers and other decision makers active in the field of environment initiatives, under one roof to discuss challenges faced by the hospitality industry and arrive at solutions which will make the eco practices being followed in the hospitality segment beneficial for the environment and the property. Some of the topics of discussion will include – Social Impact of Green Initiatives; Energy Efficiency & Green Hotel Building; Are Hotels Really a Part of the Green Initiative; besides having presentations from the Goa Tourism Department representatives amongst others.

The day long event will be followed in the evening by the first ever Goa Food & Hospitality Awards 2014. The Goa Food & Hospitality Awards 2014 seeks to honour the best in the state. Large number of hotels from across various categories have participated in the awards and have been nominated under the categories like Best Hotel – Upscale, Mid-segment, Heritage, Time Share; Best Local Independent Hotel (Upscale and Mid-segment); Best General Manager; Best Executive Chef; Best CSR Initiative; Most Innovative Eco-initiative; Best Spa; Best Restaurant and others.


~Aimed to promote two of the most important ingredients in Goa, the fest will take place from May 21 to 25, 2014 at Campal Grounds in Panjim
~The event is positioned to be an annual property which will also showcase Goan lifestyle and culture
~In its first edition, the event will include events like cookery shows, games like ‘Crack a coconut’ and workshops like ‘Climb a coconut tree’, also a cocktail bar which will highlight use of Feni in cocktails


Panjim, May 7, 2014 | Coconut and Cashew nut are an integral part of life in Goa. Right from their use in food and drinks to their contribution to the local economy, these two products have created a very lasting impression on Goan culture and lifestyle. In a bid to pay an ode to these two Goan essentials, Goa Tourism is organizing one of India’s biggest Coconut & Cashew Festival 2014 from May 21 to 25 at Campal Grounds in Panjim.

This festival, which is being organized for the first time, will focus on the role that coconut and cashew nut play in Goa. As a part of this the event will feature a wide range of activities like cookery shows, cocktail demos using Feni, music concerts and stalls featuring handicrafts and artifacts that are made using coconut shells and other by-products. Some fun, innovative games like ‘Crack a coconut’ and ‘Roll a coconut’.

There will be Cashew stomping sessions, display of coconut cashew products, handicrafts, artifacts, cuisine, etc. This  unique Goan festival will celebrate the rich agrarian tradition of Goa through its most important crops ‘Coconut and Cashew.’

Workshops at the festival will reflect the sense of imagination and adventure that Goans take pride in, visitors can sign up for activities like ‘Climb a coconut tree’ workshop,  bowling alley with coconuts and boxing rings using coconuts that will clash against each other.

Feni, a local beverage made in Goa using coconut and/or cashew nut, will have special focus during this festival. This beverage has been conferred with the Geographical Indication (GI) status, which means that authentic Feni is only produced in Goa. There will be a demonstration of the Feni distillation process set up, which will allow visitors to get a peek into the making of this beverage. Guests can also enjoy some Feni cocktails at the bar during the event. To go with the Feni, there will also be a lot of emphasis on showcasing Goan cuisine in its various avatars. The Goan Culinary Club will conduct demos and workshops on different styles of cuisines available in Goa, like Saraswat, Portugese, Christian and Muslim.

Shri. Dilip Parulekar, Minister of Tourism, Government of Goa, said, “Coconut and cashew nut are very important for every Goan. We want to showcase its multiple uses to the world. This festival will also offer visitors a glimpse into Goan culture. This is the first time we are organizing this event and are expecting tourists in large number. We are optimistic that it will be a huge success and will turn into an annual event.”


Panjim, April 8, 2014 | Goa Tourism once again bagged top honours at an awards function recently hosted by leading travel magazine Travel & Leisure India and South Asia edition, where Goa was declared as the Best Honeymoon Destination, Best Family Destination, Best Leisure Destination and the Best Party Destination for India and South East Asia.  Not only did Goa bag four awards in various categories but also emerged as Runner Up for Best Wedding Destination. The awards were conferred on March 31, 2014 at a function held in New Delhi.

The T&L Awards are considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the Travel, Hospitality and Leisure sector and winning five awards at this is a great achievement for the state, especially so following so close on the PATWA award.

Shri. Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Goa said, “I am very happy to note that Goa has won prestigious awards in so many categories. This matches with our aim of promoting the state as an all-round, 365-day destination and is a recognition to several steps taken by tourism department. In 2013 our tourist arrival figures went up by 12% compared to the previous year and we are optimistic that with all the initiatives taken by Goa Tourism, the number will increase further this year around.

Photo Caption: Smt Valsala Vijayan Deputy Resident commissioner Goa  Sadan receiving these awards on behalf of Goa Government from the hands of Ambassador of Portugal HE Jorge Roza de Oliviera at a function held on 31 March 2014 in New Delhi.


~ The event will be held from April 2 to 4 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Taleigao
~ Over 100 international buyers from around 28 countries
~ Knowledge sessions, FAM trips and Networking dinners form an integral part of the event

Panjim, March 24, 2014: The Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) will be held from April 2 to 4, 2014 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Stadium at Taleigao. This prestigious B2B event promises to bring together travel companies, hoteliers, State Tourism Boards and other leisure enterprises under one roof to showcase the tourism investment potential in the state.

100 International  Buyers from around 28 countries- USA, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Malaysia, Argentina, Philippines, UAE, Mexico, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand etc. Also participating in the event will be 25 International travel trade media from over 20 countries, and 35 domestic travel trade media from all over India. This spectacular travel-trade business platform will be hosting 250 Buyers from all over India with, with more than 2500 non-hosted traders expected. The fact that 5800 appointments have been scheduled in over 2 days proves the fact that the Goa International Travel Mart is this year’s most awaited event.

The event has value additions for international buyers like FAM Trips that have been arranged to give them a glimpse of the breathtakingly beautiful landscape of Goa and the potential it holds. Add to the mix, prestigious networking dinners at top venues to encourage rewarding interactions and the experience becomes truly unforgettable!

The main aim behind GITM 2014 is to serve as a platform for face-to-face networking among travel-trade, hoteliers and other stakeholders from Goa with leading travel agents from India and abroad. GITM will also reach out to State Tourism Board, District Tourism Centres, Trade Associations/ National Travel Organizations, Airlines, Travel Agents & Tour Operators, Hotels & Resorts, Adventure Tour Operators, Spice Plantations, Casinos etc.

What makes the event different from the others of its kind, are the valuable knowledge sessions with eminent speakers from the airline & hospitality industry. Aimed at achieving the vision of ‘Positioning Goa as India’s premier leisure destination towards 2020’ these one-day, interactive conclaves will have the best speakers endowing the audience with their experience and knowledge. Panel discussions on ‘Reinventing Goa as a premier investment and tourist destination in an ecologically aware world’ will follow and breathe new energy into the event. Another panel discussion on "Image building through out-of-the-box marketing concepts for private & Government sector” will provide a new insight into the field of travel-trade.

Apart from showcasing the tourism investment opportunities and potential in Goa, this event will also serve as a platform to promote various facets of Goa that reflect the multi-dimensional facets of the state. A special Goa Pavilion will be created to showcase festivals and nightlife, beaches, heritage trails, UNESCO Heritage sites, Wild life, Medical tourism, Monsoon tourism, MICE, Wedding Destination, Spice Farms and Adventure.  Elements like promotion and conservation of heritage, arts, crafts, endorsement of hinterland tourism, exhibiting the state’s rich culture and heritage will also be incorporated.


Panaji, March 18, 2014: Goa Tourism repeated its sterling performance when it bagged the PATWA Award for the ‘Best Destination in Relaxation, Watersports and Entertainment.’ in a glittering function held at Saal 9, ICC building Berlin  held on the sidelines of  ITB Berlin, Germany on 6th March,2014.  The award was accepted on behalf of Goa Tourism by Mr. Brijesh Manerkar, OSD, Department of Tourism, Goa.

Speaking on the award, Shri Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism  stated that he was delighted to receive this award for the second time in a row, and mentioned that the award is recognition of path-breaking initiatives undertaken by Goa Tourism, such as introduction of Single Window System for Watersports activities on Beaches, Single Window System for according permission for Music festivals and Tourism events, as a result of which Goa managed to attract high profile Music festivals, weddings, etc. thereby cementing its place as India’s No.1 destination for Relaxation, Entertainment and Watersports.

He further mentioned, that Goa Tourism has been laying stress on World Class infrastructure Tourism and several Tourism projects have been initiated which will revolutionize Goa Tourism in the years to come.

He mentioned that it was a matter of great pride that an International Body like PATWA has recognized the excellent work carried out by Goa Tourism.


~ Tourism Minister Shri Dilip Parulekar speaks to media in Mumbai to unveil grand plans for this year’s event. Tourism department expecting over 2.5 lakh tourists.

~ The celebrations begin on February 28 with the Food and Culture festival and go on till March 4. Brazilian samba, live performances by Raghu Dixit Project and Strings to light up celebrations

~ Announces other events and festivals lined up in 2014 to promote Goa as the ideal destination for celebrations

~Upcoming movie ‘Youngistaan’ comes on board as movie partner for Goa Carnaval 2014

Mumbai, February 17, 2014: The Minister for Tourism, Government of Goa, Shri Dilip Parulekar, today announced the plans that the state has drawn up to celebrate Carnaval 2014. The festivities will begin on February 28 with the inauguration of the food and culture festival and wind up on March 4. The Minister also added that this year’s event will be one of the most colourful and vibrant editions of the Carnaval. The event is Goa’s tribute to its diverse population and heritage; it aims to spread a message of peace, unity and harmony.

While addressing a gathering of media today he said, “The Goa Carnaval is the highlight of our annual calendar and we want to ensure that this will be an unforgettable experience for locals as well as visitors to the state. Our vision is to see that the Carnaval here becomes as popular as the legendary Brazilian Carnival.” The Minister also added that Goa Tourism is keen on promoting the state as a place for celebrations. “Goa is a place that induces a contagious celebratory spirit, right from weddings to festivals everything here is celebrated with pomp and fervor. This is why we are also promoting and packaging festivals and events like the Carnaval 2014 followed by Cashew & Coconut Festival, Goa International Travel Mart. Others like Shigmo, Sao Jao, Bonderam and Tirpurari Purnima have some quaint traditions associated with that are a testimony to Goa’s rich history. It is also our effort to preserve the heritage and cultural lineage of our state.”

Shri Parulekar then went on to enthusiastically outline the plans for this year’s event and mentioned that the state is geared up to expect and accommodate over 2.5lakh tourists during this time. The Carnaval 2014 commences with a Food and Culture festival on February 28, which will highlight the cuisine and rich legacy of Goa. This festival will also feature participation from other states. To add that element of glamour and excitement to the proceedings, a Brazilian troupe will be especially flown in for an electrifying Samba performance. Prominent musicians including the Raghu Dixit Project, Strings and some famous home-grown bands will perform at the festival too. It is expected that a fashion show and a fire display will also be included in the celebrations.

The event also saw actors Jackky Bhagnani and Neha Sharma, who star in the upcoming movie Youngistaan, speaking to the media about their experiences in Goa and association with the Carnaval. Youngistaan  is the official movie partner for Goa Carnaval 2014.

What makes the event different this year is that it will feature street performances by musicians at various vantage points across the state, a King Momo contest and increased prize money.

Goa Tourism is also taking measures to ensure that high standards of safety, hygenie and cleanliness are maintained in the state. Shri Nikhil Desai, MD of GTDC, and Director of Tourism, Government of Goa, said, “We have taken measures to ensure 100 per cent safety for everyone and have increased the deployment of police force at tourist spots. We are also in the process of increasing room inventory for tourists.”



This year’s Carnaval will revive the yesteryears’ fervor with larger-than-life décor, mask installations and a Food & Cultural Festival – the biggest of its kind in Goa. Goa Tourism has left no stone unturned to take the 2014 Carnaval experience to a heightened level of excitement and entertainment. The festival, as usual, will feature float parades in four cities i.e. Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa. Apart from the float parade, this year’s event will also include a Food & Cultural Festival for the first time where visitors will not only get to taste local Goan Cuisine but also cuisines of 15 other states of India.

It will offer visitors the opportunity to experience cuisine and culture through a unique blend of food, fun, local and national live music performances, fashion shows, and entertainment.

An element of competition has also been introduced with entries being invited for the King Momo Contest and the cooking competition.

This public event recognizes Goa’s diverse population including its vast tourist populace and promotes a message of tolerance, friendship and inclusiveness.



Sand Cult, in association with Goa Tourism, presents Goans and visitors to the state with a visual treat – a chance to see the 20-foot tall sand castle which has been put up at Calangute Beach. Mr. Jerry Jose, Founder of Sand Cult, said, “Tourism in the state will derive the maximum benefit from this. Sand Art is a very fragile, delicate and complex art; through these installations we want to promote this art form.” Mr. Simon Smith, World Master People Champion has volunteered to help promote this art in Goa and he has created an elaborate installation around the animated character Shrek and his castle.

The sand castle at Calangute Beach will be open to public till May 31, 2014.


Goa, February 3, 2014: Goa Tourism won the best creative stall award at IITM 2014  at Kochi, Kerela in national level category for the travel exhibition held from 31st January to 2nd February 2014. The said award was presented by Mr. Dilip Biswas - Vice President, Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions Pvt Ltd to Goa Tourism officials Mr. Ramchandra Phadte, Mr Francis Pereira, Mr. Assis Sacrafamilia & Mr. Gokuldas Naik.


Goa to be 'THEME STATE' at 28TH Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2014

One of the objectives of Goa Tourism is to promote various facets of the state both in India and abroad. The Government of Haryana has invited State of Goa to participate in the forthcoming edition of the Surajkund Mela as the ‘theme state’ is a great honour. The 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela will be held from February 1-15, 2014 in the Surajkund district, Faridabad, Haryana.

Goa Tourism is planning to make the most of this event and use it as a platform to showcase and promote Goa’s culture, folk dances, handicrafts and more. Goa Tourism is focussing on promotion of State among domestic and foreign tourists as a great cultural and heritage tourism destination and participation in the Surajkund Mala which is amongst one of the biggest in the world in terms of attendance, is a major effort in this direction.

The Surajkund International Crafts Mela features handlooms, handicrafts, authentic fragrances and flavours from the different states of the country across 40 acres of land that house 700 huts for displays and demonstrations. Craftspersons from Goa, other states of India and the eight SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nations will also showcase their work at the mela.  Over one million visitors are expected to visit the mela this year.

As the theme state, Goa will take the opportunity to highlight its varied arts and crafts, turning the spotlight on its unique blend of W sorts, by focusing on its equally relevant and important heritage and culture.

Throughout the two-week festival, there will be colourful performances by dance troupes, live bands and traditional dances among others. There will also be a Theme Pavilion where visitors get a peek into the variety of Goa’s cultural aspects. A major attraction is expected to Apna Ghar, a specially constructed Goan house in which a Goan couple will reside for 15 days to showcase the lifestyle of Goa. Guests will get a feel of a Goan village lifestyle most tourists never see from the architecture to the costumes worn by the residing couple, furniture, household items and food, there will be glimpses of the customs of old still prevalent in many villages today. There will also be a Food Court serving delicious Goan cuisine, beverages and snacks.

About 60 artisans from Goa, selected by Goa Handicrafts Corporation will be sent to Surajkund, and will demonstrate their crafts and also sell their handicrafts. Over 100 performing artists are also being sent from Goa who will perform traditional Goan dances during the entire 15 day period.

Shri Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Government of Goa, said that Goa is a land of rich culture and heritage and the same needs to be highlighted to attract tourists. Goa Tourism will therefore focus on these aspects with renewed vigour as a part of the marketing strategy.


Panjim, January 24, 2014:  Goa's most looked-forward to wine festival, The Grape Escapade 2014 is being hailed as the best ever in terms of attendance, operations, flow and offerings. Over 50000 people will experience a blend of fine wine, lifestyle, haute cuisine and entertainment over 4 days. Over a period of time the festival has come to be known as one of the biggest lifestyle festival in India.

Apart from being the only festival of its kind in Goa, the Grape Escapade is also touted to be one of the most popular gourmet festivals till date. Scheduled to take place from the 6th to the 9th Feb 2014 at Campal Grounds, Panaji-Goa, the festival will bring together restaurateurs, hoteliers, wineries and lifestyle brands, all under one roof. While live music and entertainment sets the tone for the evening, wine tasting sessions by an accomplished sommelier and food connoisseur will be conducted. Adding to the vibrancy, are special variety entertainment acts, jazz sessions, fashion shows and a beauty contest. More than 20 wineries will pour wines, while around 15 restaurants and catering companies will offer a range of gourmet food classics, including barbecues, pasta, oriental cuisine and other delicacies. Vegetarian options, chicken, and meat dishes will also be available, as will a bevy of luscious sweet treats. 

In addition to wine, food and art, the festival has an elaborate stage set-up with a variety of musical entertainment, which features some of the best local performers in blues, jazz, world beat, as well as dance and other non-musical performances.  The festival also adds economic value to Goa every year as it brings together restaurateurs, wineries, and hospitality and lifestyle players. The Grape Stomping, which is a tradition at the festival, is a source of much delight and fun for the visitors and is an intrinsic part of the festival this year as well. Nikhil Agarwal, Sommelier & Director of All Things Nice will be conducting wine tasting sessions and pairing activities during the festival.

The Grape Escapade begins from 6.00 pm onwards and is open to all. The festival is organized and supported every year by Goa Tourism.

Mr. Dilip Parulekar also announced the launch of tourism-related mobile app by RZ2 Games Pvt Ltd. which is into development of mobile application in Goa for last 7 years. The salient features of this Mobile Application covers the basic information required by a tourist such as demography, boarding and lodging, travel, important numbers, must see places, events, important details, do’s and don’ts while in Goa, etc. Any event happening in Goa can be listed and marketed by using this application.  This application can also help promote Goa as a destination for health care/dental cosmetic and also promote any hinterland of Goa, which are not on the main tourist map.

DAY 1, Thursday, February 6
6.15 - 6.45pm Inauguration at the hands of the chief guest
6.45 - 7.10pm Dance Performance – Sunder And Group
7.15 - 8:10pm Trios (Andre Juke Box)
8:15pm onwards Live Band (brothers in arms)/(Alcatraz)

DAY 2, Friday, February 7
6.00- 7.00pm Sigmund and troupe.
7.00- 7.20pm Africans Acrobates
7.20- 8.15pm Band “ evergreens”
8:15pm Live band (Crimson Tide)

DAY 3, Saturday, February 8
6.15- 7.15pm Joe solo
7.15- 7.35pm
7.35- 8.15pm
8.15- 9.00pm Grape Stomping
9.30pm Live band(Carlos and Friends)
Bollywood Dance performance “impressions”
Fashion show by ‘Siobhan D’silva’

DAY 4, Sunday, February 9
6.15- 7.15pm Kingfisher voice of Goa / duet / trio
7:15- 8:00 Acrobat performance by “Canon Bros”
8:00 -8:15 Grape Escapade Queen Contest
8:15- onwards Live Band and Dance troupe “Syndicate


~Overall tourist arrivals up by close to 12% in 2013 from 2012. Domestic tourist arrivals up by 12.47% in 2013 as compared to figures from 2012
~International tourist arrivals up by 9.27% from the previous year(2012). The number of foreign tourists coming to India during 2013, grew a modest four per cent between January and December 2013
~Tourism department attributes this to aggressive marketing and PR campaigns, introduction of safety measures and focus on alternative tourism in hinterland and culture.
- Record tourist arrival in Goa with 31.21 lakh tourists in 2013 compared to 27.87 lakhs in 2012. Goa Tourism crosses three million tourist arrival mark for the first time.
- Revival seen in arrival of tourists from key UK market with a growth of 12 % over 2012. 1.45 lakh tourists from UK visited Goa in 2013 compared to 1.19 lakhs in 2012.

Panjim, January 23, 2014: Goa has begun the year 2014 on a positive note: According to statistical data maintained Tourism Department, the state has witnessed a considerable increase in number of tourists by 12% in 2013 as compared to 2012.

The figures indicate that domestic tourist arrivals have climbed up by 12.47% in 2013 and international tourist arrivals have gone up by 9.27%. The overall tourist growth has been pegged at around 12%, which is a record high for the state. This increase in tourist inflow is in sync with the expectations of Goa Tourism as the state is all geared up to build world-class tourist infrastructure and also begin operations in the new airport terminal this year, all of which they hope will only further fuel this growth. A stringent beach cleaning programme will be implemented over the next six months and the Tourism Department is hopeful that the shores of Goa will soon be listed as one of the cleanest beaches in South East Asia.

Goa Tourism has carried out aggressive marketing and PR campaigns supported by regular participation in domestic and international road shows to increase trade outreach is one of the key factors that has lead to this rise in the number of tourists visiting Goa. The promotion of safety and cleanliness in the state, attractive offers during monsoon and spreading the word about Goa as a destination with multiple holiday options has also worked in the state’s favour.

Shri Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Government of Goa, said, “This is a great way to begin the New Year for us. We are more than thrilled to announce these figures and this only proves that Goa continues to be the destination of choice for people from all across the world. At the same time, these numbers also serve as a reminder for us to constantly strive and keep the infrastructure and other developments in the state on par with international standards so that Goa can turn into the number one destination of choice for travelers. Goa Tourism has planned several campaigns and programmes to ensure safety of tourists, a clean state, introduce women taxi drivers that are in tune with our vision. We will also focus on improving the quality and profile of visitors visiting the state.  Apart from these we also aim to celebrate various festivals and events in a manner that reflects the true spirit of Goa. One of these is the upcoming Carnaval 2014 in March.”

Shri Nilesh Cabral Goa Tourism Development Corporation noted that these numbers also indicated the tremendous potential for growth that Goa has as a tourist destination. “While we are happy to note the increase in tourist arrivals in our state, we are also aware of the fact that this means that we have set high standards that we should strive to better every time. Goa Tourism has listed 34 infrastructural projects to be completed over the span of the next two to three years. We are also exploring the possibility of tie-ups with private hotel chains to take GTDC properties to world class standards.”


Witnesses over 4,000 visitors

Goa, January 9, 2014: The Heritage Festival was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Francis D’Souza, Tourism Minister, Mr. Dilip Parulekar and Chairman GTDC, Mr. Nilesh Cabral on January 7, 2014 at Football ground, Saligao. The inaugural witnessed over 4,000 visitors attending the event.

The festival showcased the state’s rich and unique heritage through stall displays for things intrinsic to Goa: Goan sausages, cashew feni, wood craft, coconut shell craft, crochet and needle work, terracotta, hand-painted tiles, Loka Daij, heritage photo gallery, etc.

Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Goa said, “Every Goan should be proud of their heritage and culture. We are happy to organise the 2nd Annual Heritage festival near the beautiful Mae de Deus church which is a 125 year old heritage structure. We hope that all tourists witness this festival and enjoy Goa’s rich heritage.”

Visitors also got a chance to watch the Divli-naach, Mando, Goff dance, Ganesh Vandana, tarang and the various stalls at the venue. The Department of Tourism plans to make this event an annual property and expand it to include many more local artists and Goan culture to give tourists a wholesome taste of Goa.

The coming days have lots in store for visitors. Day-3 of the festival will witness the Goan Konkani natak, Dhangarnrutya, Zemado, dasarwadan dance and a musical evening by Shri. Sonia Sirsat and troupe.


The 5-day festival to kick-off at Saligao from January 7, 2014 onwards
The festival will showcase the authentic Goan cuisine, hand-made, one-of-a-kind ethnic collectibles and crafts and other events!

Panjim, December 2013 | If you think the New Year celebrations are over and it’s time to pack your bags, well then you might have to reconsider your decision. This year, Goa is all set to host the 2nd Annual Heritage Festival which promises to be bigger and better than the previous year. The festival will be held at Saligao Football Ground, opposite the Mae de Deus Church, a beautiful 125-year-old heritage structure from 7th to 11th January, 2014. It will be inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar in presence of Hon'ble Tourism Minister Shri Dilip Parulekar, Hon’ble MLA & GTDC Chairman Shri Nilesh Cabral, Secretary Tourism Shri Parimal Rai, Sarpanch of Saligao Eknath Oraskar and other dignitaries.

Organized by the Department of Tourism & Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), the event celebrates the arts, culture, history that showcases the Goan spirit bringing together host of talented performers and artisans to create a unique experience for the tourists.

During the five day festival, Goan artisans and craftsmen will display their skills and crafts with live demonstrations. There will be stalls exhibiting and promoting unique Goan crafts like pottery, woodcraft, crochet, marco, handicrafts, coconut craft, hand painted tiles etc. What’s more, the event will also feature various food stalls serving traditional Goan cuisine, managed by local artisans/self help groups.

Besides this, a special gallery will be set up to exhibit ancient Goan heritage photographs, Great Goans in History, traditional way of life of Goans, Historic moments of Goan history captured through pictures, etc. There will also be a section of heritage items used earlier by Goans. A special section on Saligao Village will showcase the history of the church, the Historic temple of Goddess Sharvani, the history of Saligao village and the heritage houses in the village.

Visitors can also experience the entertainment programmes that includes Goan dance performances like Dhalo, Mando, Fugdi, Ghode Modni, Goff, Divli dance, Kunbi dance, Kalshi dance, Kazaracho dance, fisherfolk dance and the likes along with other traditional Goan folk dances like Jagor, Morulo, Khel Tiatr, brass band, Veerabhadra,  Dhangar Nrutya, Zemado, Dasarwadan, etc. The folk artists dressed in traditional Goan dance costumes will be moving around entertaining the crowd during the festival.

Event Highlights - Fashion show on traditional Goan wear by well-known Goan fashion designer Verma D’Mello.
- Konkani songs by Sonia Shirsat
- Classical singing by Praveen Gaonkar
- Performance by Goa's nightingale Lorna Cordeiro
- Goa’s folk dances by Mahendra Phaldessai Troupe, Amelia Dias and Troupe, Amit Tate & Group, Kirti Kala Krida Kendra from Bicholim led by Pundalik Sawant, Marianela Gina & Troupe, the famous trio combination popularly known as ‘Mil Mel Nel’
- Performance by Tiatr artists Milagres Fernandes, Cezar D’Mello and Agnel  D’Costa, besides a traditional Goan brass band. As part of the Goa Heritage Festival, a seminar has been organised on the Saturday January 11th on Goan Heritage at the Saligao Panchayat Hall, with lectures by President of Goa Heritage Action Group and professor at Dhempe College of Arts & Science Mr. Prajal Sakhardande, Feature Writer & Photographer Pantaleao Fernandes.

Eminent personalities from around Goa will be felicitated during the festival to appreciate their contribution in various fields.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and witness Goa’s rich cultural heritage through this unique 5 day festival starting January 7, 2014 onwards!!!


Panaji, December 20, 2013: The most awaited time of the year has finally arrived! As Goa comes alive with Christmas carols, decorated houses, fancy wreaths, multi-colored bells and beautiful Christmas trees. While celebrations are a plenty, the Department of Tourism has constituted strict measures to safeguard tourist safety, especially during this time of the year. Night patrolling police teams will instill confidence among tourists and will intervene in any emergency situation.

Preparations are in full swing for the festival of love, peace, fun and laughter. The coastal belts of Baga-Calangute are brightly lit and vibrant with Christmas decorations. Live music, karaoke will be a part of every restaurant along the coastal belt; not forgetting the Christmas special goodies like puddings, neuryos, bebinca, dodol and plum cakes. Shopping areas are flooded with festive glitter, stars, bells, hollies and Christmas buntings.

On December 24 – Christmas Eve, midnight masses are conducted in all churches across the state of Goa. This is then followed by a Christmas ball on December 24 & 25. Tap your feet to the tunes of Christmas with live bands and DJs performing at hot spots like Emerald lawns – Parra (North Goa), Alva Mar (North Goa), Blueberry hills – Verna (South Goa), Woodburn Country Club – Nuvem (South Goa).

Several music festivals are hosted during the festive week between December 26 to New Year’s Eve, attracting masses of domestic and international tourists. Sunburn, an electronic dance festival brings together music, entertainment, food, shopping; all at one venue. Simultaneously, Supersonic, a five day EDM festival will take place at Candolim beach featuring an impressive line-up of artists and state-of –the-art stage and sound.

The festivities continue until the feast of Three Kings/Epiphany which is held on January 6. Get ready for a fun-filled colorful Christmas with loads of activities on your plate!


  • New airport terminal, with increased passenger capacity, inaugurated recently, likely to be operational in January 2014
  • Beats Kerala to be voted as ‘Best Leisure Destination’ by CondeNast Traveller India’s Readers’ Travel Awards. The state had also won the award in 2012
  • Goa Tourism has approved of 28 projects that will be completed in the next 3 years. These will help to improve tourism infrastructure, ensure a clean and safe Goa for all
Panjim, December 5, 2013:  With the new terminal at Goa International Airport, Dabolim being inaugurated on December 3 by Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, the state is all set to march ahead towards becoming a world-class tourist destination.

The new terminal, which will be operational in January 2014, has a total peak hour capacity of 2,750 passengers. This comes at a time when Goa is gearing up to expect increased tourist traffic into the state. One of India’s smallest states, Goa has always been a top choice for travelers when it comes to holidays. This is something that was endorsed recently as Goa was declared as ‘The Best Leisure Destination’ by CondeNast Traveler at the Readers’ Travel Awards. This is the second time in a row that the state has won this honor and this time it has beaten Kerala to retain the top position. In addition to this, Goa Tourism also recently revealed statistics that pointed to a healthy 10 per cent increase in tourist inflow to the state. Among these figures the rise in number of tourists visiting the state during monsoon is significant.

As 2013 draws to a close, Goa Tourism is preparing to ensure that tourists and residents alike have a memorable experience during Christmas and New Year in the state. There are also three major EDM fests here that are all set to attract crowds.

While tourists are busy planning their vacations to Goa, the officials are putting measures in place to ensure that visitors have an unforgettable experience in the state. The state is going all out to ensure safety and security of tourists and residents during the peak season. The Government has ensured the presence of Lifeguards on all beaches so that a traveler enjoys his stay here in Goa.

Soon, women taxi drivers will be operating in the cities of Panjim, Margao, Mapusa and Vasco, for exclusive use of women passengers and families. The service is being introduced by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC).

In addition, the state is also looking to upgrade infrastructure and other related facilities which will put Goa on par with any other top international holiday destination. A few projects that are underway are construction of tourism jetty, multi-level car parking, Baga beach beautifications and tourist information plaza. There are 28 projects in all which are scheduled for completion over the next 3 years.

Beaches, which are one of the major attractions in Goa, are in the process of getting a makeover to make them more clean, safe and tourist-friendly. Goa Tourism has taken an initiative to form a Comprehensive Management of Cleanliness on all the beach stretches across the state.

Tourism Minister, Government of Goa, Shri. Dilip Parulekar, acknowledged Goa’s popularity as a destination of choice among travelers and said, “Our aim is to make Goa the number one destination for vacationing all over the world. Apart from promoting just leisure we are also looking at improving and promoting MICE facilities in the state as Goa has tremendous growth potential in this sector as well. Upgrading our infrastructure to good quality standards and maintaining this will be a big step forward for us. In addition, we are optimistic that facilities like the new airport terminal will help us realize our vision.” He also added, “Achieving a 10 per cent growth in the tourist inflow is a huge milestone for us and we want to continue this in the coming year. Goa is a favorite among several travelers already and with our new initiatives and developments, we hope to increase this number and also want visitors to come and explore the different sides of Goa.”


- Beats Kerala to be voted as ‘Best Leisure Destination’ by CondeNast Traveller India’s Readers’ Travel Awards. The state had also won the award in 2012
- Goa Tourism strengthens resolve to ensure safety of tourists during the peak season. To introduce women taxi drivers and other initiatives to cater to tourists’ demand
- Upcoming festivals like Feast of St. Francis Xavier and Christmas to bring in more tourists to the state. Tourism Department in the process of planning some out-of-the-box celebrations

Panjim, November 29, 2013:  Soon after Goa Tourism revealed statistics showing a 10 percent rise in tourist inflow numbers, the state has now been bestowed with another honour. Conde Nast Traveller, India has declared Goa as the winner of ‘The Best Leisure Destination’ at the Readers’ Travel Awards 2013. The results of this award were announced on November 28, 2013. This is the second time in a row that Goa has won the award. The state has beaten Kerala, which was also declared as one of the other winners in the category.

Meanwhile, plans are on in India’s ‘holiday capital’ to begin the festive season with a bang. The Tourism department is geared up to introduce better facilities and ensure that tourists have an unforgettable experience in the state. The upcoming Feast of St. Francis Xavier will be celebrated at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa on December 3, 2013. This major feast draws large number of devotees from all over the world in quest for the Saint’s blessings and healing powers. The body of Saint Francis Xavier lies in an exquisite silver casket at the Basilica and will be displayed next year during the Exposition. Christmas, one of the biggest festivals in Goa, will see a different kind of celebrations this year as Goa Tourism is planning something out-of-the-box to usher in cheer.

At the same time, Goa Tourism understands that safety and security of everyone in the state is of prime importance. The state is going all out to ensure safety and security of tourists and residents during the peak season. Soon, women taxi drivers will be operating in the cities of Panjim, Margao, Mapusa and Vasco, for exclusive use of women passengers and families. The service is being introduced by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) in collaboration with Green Earth Translogistic Pvt Ltd (GETPL). The coastline of Goa is under strict vigilance of coast guards to ensure the safety of each and every person visiting the beaches. The IRB personnel will be on duty 24/7 to ensure that no hindrances are caused and that travellers enjoy their stay here in Goa.

The Director of Tourism, Government of Goa, Mr. Nikhil Desai, who acknowledged that the awards were declared at a time when Goa is set to receive a large number of tourists said, “Every Goan is warm and welcoming and this has been our biggest strength. The fact that these awards have been endorsed by readers, who are or have been tourists in Goa, adds credibility to the fact that our state continues to be the destination of choice for travelers in and out of India. We, the Goa Tourism department, realize that with the honour of this award also comes a big responsibility of keeping Goa safe and secure for everyone. The Tourism Department is upgrading facilities, infrastructure and services in the state for the benefit of tourists and residents. We are conscious of the fact that this is the second time we have won this award and will strive to raise the bar higher each year. Our aim is to see Goa continue to being fun-filled destination that attracts visitors from all over the world.”


- Passengers given a traditional welcome, greeted with roses by Goa Tourism
- 266 tourists fly-in from Gatwick Airport in UK to Dabolim in Goa

Dabolim, November 8, 2013: Goa received its first chartered Dreamliner from UK today. The passengers were greeted by the Deputy Director, Department of Tourism, Mrs. Pamela Mascarenhas at the Dabolim airport. The Dreamliner which has a capacity of 291 passengers carried 266 tourists to Goa.

A traditional reception with a Goan brass band was organized by Goa Tourism to welcome the passengers. All the 266 tourists were greeted with roses by Goa Tourism as they walked into the airport.

Deputy Director of Goa Tourism, Mrs Pamela Mascarenhas said, “We warmly welcome the first Dreamliner to Goa and we are delighted to see the smiling guests. We will continue to welcome the guests in Goa and wish them a very pleasant and enjoyable stay here.”

Thomson Holidays organized the flight to Goa which carried 266 tourists directly from Gatwick Airport in UK.  Le Passage to India is the local handling agency in Goa and expects at least 10,000 UK tourists to visit Goa by the end of April 2014.  On an average and depending upon the packages, each arriving tourist will spend about 14 nights during their visit to Goa.


This is the first time that this international luxury yacht is sailing to the state

Panaji, October 29, 2013: The luxurious 'Sea Dream Yacht Club' arrived at Mormugao Port at 2:00 pm on Monday, October 28, 2013, carrying around 125 passengers. The ship sailed in from Athens in Greece to Mumbai and then to Goa. The yacht is now headed to Kochi followed by Singapore and other Asian destinations.

A traditional welcome reception with Goan music was organized by Goa Tourism, Government of Goa to greet the passengers.  Various Goan folk performances like Ghode Modni, Qurudin, Carnaval dance, etc. were performed. The guests were thrilled to witness these colourful cultural performances and some of them even joined the dancers to sway to the catchy tunes.

Mr. Sudesh Kishore, President, Sea Dream Yacht Club, India said, “For the first time Sea Dream has chosen Goa as a part of its itinerary, this is due to a popular vote that was cast in favour of this state by members of the club.”

Since this is the first time that this yacht is docking at Goa, the Tourism Department wanted to ensure that the guests get a feel of the state during their stay here.

The Mormugao Port is scheduled to welcome around 30 cruise liners between October 2013 and April 2014.


- Colva, Gonsua, Betalbatim and Benaulim Beaches to have better facilities soon
- The project has received Central Finance Assistance from Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
- Time allotted for completion of the project is 180 working days

Panjim, October 15, 2013: With the peak tourist season beginning this month, Goa Tourism is striving to put better facilities and infrastructure in place to ensure that tourists have a great experience in the state. One of the projects under this is the modernization of South Goa beaches. Goa Tourism, with Central Finance Assistance from the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has decided to take-up a Rs 17.23-crore project to develop the Colva costal circuit. The timeline allotted for the completion of this project is 180 working days.

Tenders for the above development work have already been floated. The Colva, Gonsua, Betalbatim and Benaulim beaches in South Goa are located in the Salcete Taluka. These beaches are very popular with the domestic and International tourists all through the year.

Mr Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Government of Goa said, “All South Goa beaches are internationally famous and attract a lot of tourists. Considering the present scenario, these areas demand development, upgradation and a facelift, which can help accommodate more tourists and provide better facilities to them that will help boost tourism in South Goa.”

The infrastructure development project that would be implemented along the beaches in South Goa will include creating and improving various facilities like parking of vehicles, children park with play area, changing rooms, toilets, seating, pathways and beautification of strategic parts and places of interest in along this coastline, which would help in attracting more tourists to the state. 


Three-day festival at Goa Sadan will showcase Goan culture, cuisine, music, etc.

Panaji, October 25, 2013: I
n a bid to let Delhiites experience the best that Goa has to offer, Goa Tourism in association with Goenkarancho Ekvot, is hosting a three-day festival at Goa Sadan in New Delhi. This was inaugurated on October 25 by the Chief Guest, Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Member of Planning Commission and National Advisory Council, Government of India.   The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Guest of Honour, Mr. Oscar Fernandes, Hon’ble Union Minister for Road and Highways. The Members of Parliament from Goa, Mr Francisco C. Sardinha, Mr Sripad Naik and Mr Shantaram Naik were also present during the occasion. This three-day festival is designed to promote and showcase Goa in New Delhi and will highlight authentic Goan cuisine, music and handicrafts. There will be a vast spread of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. An array of cultural programmes featuring traditional songs and dances will also be held.  Live Goan Bands like Black Slade, Goa Tronikk – Edwin and Babush Santana Quartet will enthrall visitors with their performances on all three days.   Goan handicrafts will also be on display and sale during the event. Lucky draws will also be conducted and the winners stand a chance to win some attractive prizes which include holiday packages to Goa with a stay at some of the best resorts.  


Dabolim, October 13, 2013: Goa’s first Russian charter flight ‘Anex Tour’, a new charter flight by Thomas Cook, arrived at Dabolim airport, Goa on 13th October, 2013. The passengers were greeted by the Mr. Victor Albuquerque, Hon. Consul of Russia in Goa, The Dabolim Airport Director, Mr. M. Suresh and Deputy Director, Department of Tourism, Mrs. Pamela Mascarenhas.  A traditional reception with a Goan brass band was organized by Goa Tourism to welcome the passengers. They were also greeted with roses by Goa Tourism as they walked into the airport. Hon. Consul of Russia in Goa, Mr. Victor Albuquerque said, “We welcome the first Russian charter flight to Goa and expect 600-700 Russian flights to Goa this season. Most of the Russian tourists that arrived today were families and couples. We have seen a tremendous improvement in the quality of tourists coming to Goa.” The Dabolim airport Director, Mr. M. Suresh Senior said, “The charter flight consists of 235 passengers from Russia . We are expecting 1,400 flights this tourist season 2013-14. To cater to the growing numbers of arrivals, we have increased the number of custom officers so that immigration facility is made easier.”



Department of Tourism to construct State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology at Farmagudi, Ponda
Panaji, October 1, 2013
To boost the hospitality industry in Goa and also to provide additional opportunities for education to youngsters in the state, the Department of Tourism, Goa has decided to construct a State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology at Farmagudi, Ponda, Goa. The proposal has been sanctioned by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and has been approved for an amount of Rs. 23.18 crores. The contribution of the Goa government will be fifty percent.
The task of constructing the IHM building will be assigned to GTDC - Special Project Vehicle (SPV) and funds for the same will be made available through the SPV. Tenders have been invited for an amount of Rs. 19,47,11,421 which includes furniture, equipments and other statutory expenses (contingency, centage, consultancy). The project will be completed within 270 days (18 months) from the date of commencement.
Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Goa said, “With the construction of the IHM building, hospitality sector will receive a big boosts and is expected to create skilled manpower in the industry in the years to come.”
The total area earmarked for this project is 40,000 square meters. The built-up area for the will be in the tune of 11,000 square meters. This project will also include a girls’ hostel with 25 rooms, with a built-up area of 1,125 square meters. 


Goa all set for Bonderam festival this August!
Festival celebrated on the fourth Saturday of August every year at Divar island
Panaji | July 18, 2013: Goa is now geared up organize the Bonderam festival, which is celebrated in the island of Divar, located 12 kms from Panjim city, on the fourth Saturday of August. This year the festival falls on August 24, 2013.
The name Bonderam originates from ‘Bandeira’ – the Portuguese word for flag. During the Portuguese rule there were frequent disputes between the villagers on the Divar island over property issues. Thus the Portuguese introduced a system by putting up flags to demarcate the boundaries.

The otherwise laidback island of Divar comes alive on the day of the Bonderam festival. The day begins with a Flag Parade from the main Divar junction, which is accompanied by a Brass Band. After this the Bonderam festival is officially declared open. Later in the day there is a fancy dress competition followed by the traditional float parade and a live musical performance featuring the famous music bands of Goa.

Shri. Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Goa, said, “We are happy to promote this annual festival on the Divar island which showcases our rich Goan history and culture. There will be colorful décor, flag parades, floats, music and revelry all over the island during this time. We welcome all tourists to experience this traditional festival.”


Press Release Goa Tourism celebrates Sao Joao festival on June 24

  • Panaji | June 25, 2013: One of the major draws of Goa for tourists during the monsoon season, the Sao Joao festival was celebrated with grandeur and gaiety onboard the Shantadurga cruise boat near Panjim jetty. Organized by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), the annual festival is dedicated to St. John the Baptist which is celebrated on June 24 every year.
  • The event was attended by Mr Nilesh Cabral, Chairman of GTDC, along with other senior officials from Goa Tourism. “We welcome the tourists from India and abroad to participate in this lively and unique festival and experience our traditional Goan culture. Monsoons in Goa is witness to two major festivals – the Sao Joao and the Bonderam festivals – that offer participants a peep into the traditional Goan culture.”
  • Guests were welcomed with crowns made of leaves called ‘kopel’. The occasion is marked by cultural programmes such as live Goan song and dance performances, along with traditional Goan cuisine. As per tradition, this festival witnesses young men jumping into wells and then distributing fruits among villagers wearing ‘kopel’ which is a real treat to watch.
  • GTDC is now preparing to organize the annual Bonderam festival, celebrated on the Island of Divar on the fourth Saturday of August. It starts with a flag parade from the main Divar junction which is accompanied by the brass band and then the declaration of the ‘Bonderam’ festival open. Later there is a fancy dress competition followed by the traditional float parade and a live band performance by the famous music bands of Goa.


Mumbai, June 18, 2013: Goa Tourism was recently honoured with the ‘Best value destination’ award by The Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards during a glittering award ceremony held in Mumbai. 

Commenting on the award, Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister of Goa said, “We are absolutely delighted to receive the ‘Best Value Destination’ award by Lonely Planet magazine.  It holds special significance since it has been voted by readers of Lonely Planet who are in themselves mature, world travelers. Goa has much to offer – from culture, to heritage, local cuisine and adventure – and this award re-affirms our determination to provide our visitors with the best value proposition without compromising on quality. Goa Tourism will continue to exceed all expectations and win many more awards in future.” 

The Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards celebrates the best travel experiences available to Indians, creating an exclusive club of travel facilitators and destinations that Indians love and will return to. An expert panel, comprising of travel experts and professionals, shortlisted candidates in 42 categories, following which, readers of Lonely Planet Magazine were invited to vote both online and through the magazine. Lonely Planet is one of the world’s leading travel magazines that launched its Indian edition in 2010 and has gained a large reader base ever since. 


Mormugao (Goa) | May 24, 2013: One of the world’s biggest cruise liner the Royal Caribbean International ‘s “Mariner of the Seas”, arrived at Mormugao Port, Goa from Dubai on 24th May, 2013 and was greeted by the Deputy Chief Minister of Goa, Mr Francisco D’Souza .

A traditional reception with Goan music and dance was organized by the Goa Tourism, Government of Goa to welcome the passengers.  The passengers were also given memorabilia by the Goa Tourism while they disembarked from the ship to tour Goa.

Tourism Minister of Goa, Mr Dilip Parulekar said, “We welcome this cruise and we will work on bringing-in more cruises and tourist in Goa.”

Capt. Rajesh Saigal, Senior General Manager of JM Baxi and Company, which manages the logistics of this cruise in India said, “There are 2947 passengers from different countries and about 1197 crew members with 1500 cabins in this 311-meter long ship.”


Mumbai| May 15, 2013:
In 2012-13, the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa registered a record arrival of 27.8 lakh tourist in the state of Goa of which 4.5 lakh were foreigners as against 26.7 lakh, which includes 4.45 lakhs foreigners, during 2011-12, showing an increase of 4.4% in the inflow.
Goa also witnessed an increase in arrival of chartered flights in 2012-13. According to Goa Tourism Department statistics, 987 chartered flights carrying 2.15 lakh tourist landed in Goa between October 2012 and May 2013. As against this, only 910 flights carrying 1,69,006 passengers touched down in Goa in 2011-12.
These chartered flights during October 2012 to May 2013 were from nine international destinations. Of this, about 742 arrived from Russia followed by 152 flights from United Kingdom.
Similarly, the number of cruise ship arrivals in Goa has also seen an increase with 25 vessels carrying 22,233 passengers in 2012-13 as against 20 vessels carrying 11,946 passengers last year.
Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Government of Goa, said, “In this tourist season, Goa did extremely well – better than previous years. We are delighted to see the upswing in the arrivals of domestic and foreign tourists, which touched an all-time high. Goa has emerged as a preferred destination for MICE, weddings and also leisure. Positive steps have been taken by the Government such as introduction of water sports policy, security force on Goa beaches, improvement of tourism infrastructure, marketing and promotional efforts, etc. which have paid off good dividends. However, for a sustained inflow, there is always scope for improvement, and we are working hard to further the cause of tourists’ comfort in Goa. We have a new outlook towards renew the surge in the tourism industry during the current year.”
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Goa airport will now offer visa on arrival for foreign tourists.

Mumbai, April 26, 2013: Five more international airports across the country, including the one in Goa, will now offer visa on arrival facilities to foreign tourists. Currently this facility is operational only at four international airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. 

It was decided at the third inter-ministerial coordination committee meeting to extend Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility at Goa, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi airports. The government has permitted VoA facility for citizens of 11 countries – Japan, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia.

Tourism Minister, Mr Dilip Parulekar’s constant follow up on with the Tourism Ministry has yielded results on the visa on arrival issue. “Goa Tourism is currently in the process of improving the infrastructure and expanding the Dabolim airport premises to facilitate this development,” he said.

Infrastructure facilities at the Goa International Airport Vasco-da-Gama Airport at Dabolim are being upgraded and more amenities being set up. This includes exclusive visa desks, holding area, special enclosure for photographing foreign nationals, foreign exchange counter, proper signage and display, and telephone connections.

This development, the Tourism Minister hopes, will help the department increase foreign tourist arrivals to Goa multifold.

For more details contact: Hardik Malde | Khushbu Rege. 9833032597


Fri, Apr 26, 2013

GTDC lays foundation for infrastructure development at Baga beach
Goa, April 26, 2013: The Department of Tourism’s proposal to develop tourism infrastructure near Baga beach in Goa has come through and its foundation stone laying function was held yesterday morning at the hands of Hon Tourism Minister Mr. Dilip Parulekar in the presence of Calangute MLA Mr Michael Lobo and Mr Nikhil Desai, MD of GTDC and Director of Tourism, Government of Goa.

The project is designed to beautify and upgrade infrastructure near the Baga creek like parking facilities beautification, viewing tower, seaside pathways, etc.

On the occasion, Tourism Minister Mr Parulekar said, “Baga, Calangute and Candolim are the busiest tourist attractions, and are the most visited tourist spots with heavily crowded beaches. These beaches needed special attention in terms of more facilities and tourist attractions. A need was felt to develop the surrounding area with proper and better accesses, beautifications of the area in order to boost tourism in the state.”

The project has been scheduled to complete in 180 days (excluding monsoon) from the date of commencement of work. The estimated cost for this Rs 9,04,58,256 which includes 3% contingencies, 4% Consultancy charges and 7.25% Centage charges. It will avail Central Finance Assistance under the scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.

The proposed work includes construction of seaside pathway from Baga to Calangute, construction of approach road from Baga to Arpora Bridge, construction of seating and landscaping near Baga Creek, and construction of parking and landscaping near Baga Beach temple and parking area near the viewing tower.


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