- 12-member delegation from Urumqi-China on three day visit to Goa
- Air connectivity via Air Arabia to facilitate visit of tourists from Urumqi- Chinato Goa
- Chinese delegation to promote Goa’s beach tourism and adventure tourism activities in Urumqi-China
- Goa’s hoteliers and tour operators have B2B with Chinese travel agents
Panjim, May 11: Goa Tourism and travel agents/tour operators from the City of Urumqi exchange tourism and travel ties as 12 delegates from the West end of China visit Goa on a three-day FAM between May 9-12, 2015. Air Arabia was the travel partner along with Goa Tourism in hosting the contingent of Chinese tourism and travel agents and operators. Leading the delegation, Sales Manager, China for Air Arabia, Ting Zhang said, “We are very happy to visit Goa for the first time and experience the hospitality of the people of Goa.”
“Goa has beautiful beaches and its cultural diversity has enthralled us very much,” Ms Zhang said. The delegation which arrived in Goa on Saturday morning were given a warm welcome by Goa Tourism at Dabolim airport and various facilities were extended ot the visiting delegation by Goan hoteliers and resorts.
The delegation toured Goa for three days and were given an insight into Goa’s tourism facets. The tour included visit to Goa’s heritage sites, beach belt, eco-tourism sites, temples, and also provided an experience of water sports and a taste of Goan cuisine and culture.
A special presentation was made to the visiting Chinese delegation on Goa Tourism activities with special focus on beach tourism, heritage, Goa as a wedding destination, eco-trails, churches/temples and cuisine. Ms Zhang said that efforts to improve air connectivity to Goa from Urumqi via Air Arabia has made it possible for the delegation to visit Goa and is positive that people from Urumqi will visit Go in large numbers in the coming season. The Chinese delegation also had a one to one interaction with travel agents and tour operators in Goa on Monday, where both sides exchanged tourism related information during the two-hour long session..
Arken Kutluk, Deputy General Manager of Xinjiang Overseas International Travel Service Co. Urumqi, Xinjiang said, “Goa is a very peaceful State. We have enjoyed the beaches of Goa. We are planning to take back our experiences and promote Goa back home.”
Deepak Narvekar, PRO, Goa Tourism Development Corporation said, “Urumqi is an inland major city in the world farthest from any ocean, hence Goa and beach tourism has found favor with the Chinese delegation.” Narvekar further said, “This FAM trip will help Goa Tourism in a big way as it will bring hi-end tourists from China and in turn benefit tourism stakeholders in the State. Yogesh Naik, Manager -Marketing for Goa Tourism/GTDC co-ordinated the FAM trip. Tokens and souvenirs of Goa Tourism were presented to the Chinese delegation.