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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ambassadors express desire of promoting Goa tourism in Croatia, Iceland and Israel

PANAJI: While interacting with MLA and chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Nilesh Cabral, on Wednesday, Indian Ambassadors to Croatia, Iceland and Israel have expressed desire of promoting Goa tourism in those countries owing to several commonalities of various aspects on the tourism front, says a press note issued here.
Welcoming the initiatives for extending tourism ties between Goa and Croatia, Iceland and Israel, Cabral elaborated on new tourism activities and initiatives recently launched by Goa Tourism that would interest the three countries.
Cabral also impressed on Goa Tourism’s efforts to augment tourism infrastructure, safety measures and hygiene for tourists visiting Goa.
Cabral said, “We would also like travel and tour operators from Croatia, Iceland and Israel to visit Goa to witness and experience the various tourism facets so that they go back and enthuse their nationals to visit this state. Goa is now a 365-day tourist destination. We have recently launched a new interactive website and mobile App which enable tourists to access information on Goa and plan their vacations accordingly at the click of a button.” The three Ambassadors were also shown a brief documentary film on Goa tourism giving insights on the state’s bountiful aspects.
Sandeep Kumar, Ambassador of India to Croatia said, “Croatia wants to expand its tourism sector and we are looking at an exchange of concrete ideas in promotion of tourism and cultural ties between Croatia and Goa and furthering it with business retreats and investment opportunities in Goa and India.”
Rajiv Kumar Nagpal, Ambassador of India to Iceland said, “We see a huge prospect of collaborations on the tourism front between Goa and Iceland with focus on cuisine and food considering the fact that there is a sizeable Indian population in Iceland.”
Pavan Kapoor, Ambassador of India to Israel said, “There is a lot of commonality between Israel and Goa with regards to pilgrimage and heritage tourism and we can collaborate on these aspects to further tourism ties between the two sides.”
Representatives from the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) were also present for the interaction session where several suggestions and ideas were shared on promoting tourism and cultural ties between Goa and the three countries. Insights were also given on the monsoon tourism and nightlife in Goa.
Also present for the interaction session was Director of Tourism, Sanjeev Gauns Dessai, Director of Agriculture, U Pai Kakode, OSD- Department of Tourism, Arvind Khutkar, Deputy Director, Rajesh Kale, Assistant Tourist Officer, Fernanda Vales, Deputy General Manager GTDC, Gavin Dias, PRO GTDC, Deepak Narvekar and others.
The delegation from TTAG was led by advocate Francisco De Braganca. Members from the SLMPC included Ralph D’Souza, Gaurish Dhond and Sanjeev Mendes and GTDC BoD members included Jayant Jadhav and Captain James Braganza.
Gavin Dias earlier welcomed the dignitaries and presented Goa Tourism mementoes to them.

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