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Goa Tourism interacts with travel agents in Doha – Qatar

Ameya Abhyankar,Director of Tourism,Nikhil Desai,MD,GTDC,Deepak Narvekar,PROGTDC Yogesh Naik,Manager Marketing

Panjim,  June 2:  Travel and Tour  operators  from the  Middle  East were  today given  a rich  experience  of  Goa Tourism during  an hour  long  interaction with  Tourism officials  at the  Paryatan Bhavan, Panjim. A 12-member  delegation  from the   Middle East are  presently  on a four  day  visit  to  Goa as part of  the  India Tourism Dubai, Oman Air  and Magic Tours Doha  FAM   tour  to  Goa. The delegation arrived in the State   on May 31, 2015 and have been  touring  and experiencing various  tourism facets  of  Goa .

On Tuesday, the  delegation met Goa’s Tourism Director  Mr. Ameya  Abhyankar and  Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s  Managing  Director  Mr.  Nikhil Desai. Addressing the  delegation,  Mr Abhyankar   unveiled  various  features  of  Goa  tourism namely  monsoon tourism, eco-tourism,  wellness tourism, adventure  tourism  and culinary  tourism.

The Tourism Director Mr Abhyankar said, “Goa is a 365 day tourism destination, popular for  its sacred mangroves, rich  bio-diversity,   leisure, adventure,  cuisine, yoga and  ayurveda. Monsoon  tourism  is  the  best option  for  tourists from the  Middle  East to   experience  the richness  of  Goa and its  beauty in full glory.”

The  delegation was also introduced  to   Goa Tourism’s  all new  unique ventures   such the  hot  air  balloon,  amphibious  vessel, seaplanes launched  recently. It was informed  that  the  operations  of the  unique  ventures  would  begin  in September and visitors  from the  Middle  East could   immerse themselves  in these  new adventure activities during the  tourism season.

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A  documentary  film on Goa  Tourism was  shown to the  delegation which also  highlighted  Goa’s  success   in Wedding tourism,  Pilgrimage tourism, Hinterland  tourism and more. Mazin Al-Busaidi, Country  Manager – Qatar  for  Oman Air  said, “We see great potential  of  increasing footfalls  to  Goa with  good  air  connectivity. We  want to take this  further  and  have  a co-branding   with  Oman Air  and Goa Tourism.”

Aji Kuriakose, General Manager  of   Magic  Tours – Qatar said, “ Goa  is  a popular  holiday destination and we  want to promote its  hotels  and beaches.”  He also said  that  monsoon tourism  is  of  great  interest and  will  attract its  foreign nationals   to  Goa. The  Manager Marketing  Yogesh Naik,  GTDC PRO Deepak Narvekar,  Manager  Marketing  Pravin  Faldessai were also present.

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