Goa Tourism Development Corporation an autonomous body of the Department of Tourism has made it once again and this time its hattrick. Three awards in a line back to back. According to the sources in GTDC, It is a proud moment for Goa Tourism to be honored with a hat-trick of awards in three different categories during the last two weeks. Goa Tourism bagged the prestigious Best Conference Destination Award at IITM, Pune, Best Wedding Destination by Travel + Leisure India and Favorite Indian Leisure Destination by Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards 2016.       

The sources in tourism office said, while in the past Goa Tourism was accredited with several awards for Best Wedding and Leisure Destination, this is the first time that Goa Tourism has been endorsed as the Best Conference Destination at the recently concluded IITM, Pune.     

The award for Best Conference Destination at IITM, Pune was received by Mr. Jayant Jadhav, a member of GTDC’s Board of Directors along with Mr. Armando Duarte, Dy. General Manager, GTDC, Ms. Satira Fernandes, ATO Dept Tourism and Ms. Isabelinda Vaz, Information Assistant, Dept Tourism. The award was presented by Mr. Rohit Hangal, Director of Sphere Travel media & Exhibitions Pvt Ltd.

Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, said “Goa is a preferred destination by corporates for conferences as Goa has developed the state of the art infrastructure to host such events of national and international repute. Goa also has good connectivity, luxury resorts and starred hotels which are an added advantage for MICE tourism. Goa also has an attractive portfolio of activities that makes it a destination for conferences put together with tourism activities and events. The demand for the hosting of conventions and exhibitions is growing. The award won for Best Conference Destination endorses Goa as a perfect location for MICE activities”.

Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, GTDC said “Goa is the perfect Wedding and Leisure Destination with a stunning coastline, scenic beauty, adventure and a picturesque backdrop for a perfect bespoke wedding.  We are extremely honored to receive such prestigious awards that take the tourism industry of Goa to higher levels”.


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