Goa achieves yet another milestone at the National Tourism Awards

Date:
27.09.2018


Yet another honor for Goa at the National Tourism Awards: Presented  Prestigious Award for Comprehensive Development  of Tourism (Rest of India)

 
 
 Goa achieves yet another milestone at the National Tourism Awards held in the national capital today bagging the prestigious national tourism award in the category of  Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest of India) for the year 2016-17. The award was presented by  the Hon’ble Union Minister for Tourism, Mr. Alphons Kannanthanam and   was received  by the Hon’ble Minister  for Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar along with Managing Director of  GTDC, Mr. Nikhil Desai in  the distinguished presence of Secretary Tourism, Govt.  of India, Ms Rashmi Verma (IAS).
 
 
This is the second year in a row that Goa has bagged a prestigious  National Tourism Award. This is also the second time Goa is bagging an NTA in the category of  Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest of India). 
 
 
 Today ’s award was presented at a glittering ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi coinciding with the occasion of World Tourism Day, 27th September 2018. The NTA awards have been instituted since 1990 and presented to State Governments/UTs and several other tourism bodies in recognition of their performance in the respective fields of travel, tourism, and hospitality encouraging healthy competition with an aim to promote tourism.
 
 
Goa’s selection  for the award comes as a result of  a well documented submission  on  the State’s achievements  in tourism  over the last  six years which  has achieved  fruitful results in various sectors  be  it infrastructure development,  commissioning of tourism  projects,  launching of  tourism products and services,  initiatives taken  on  safety and security,  cleanliness and  hygiene, policies, marketing and promotion, events and activities etc.
 
 
On receiving the award the Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr.  Manohar Ajgaonkar said, “It is truly an honor for Goa to receive such a prestigious award for the second year especially in the area of Comprehensive Development of Tourism.  Over the last one year, I have been closely monitoring various aspects of tourism development and it is noteworthy that a lot is being undertaken in the State towards overall development of tourism. This is helping the State to attract more tourists as we have grown not only in numbers but in terms of infrastructure,  initiatives of all kinds and strengthened measures for the safety of tourists and providing a clean environment.  I thank each and every tourism stakeholder who has contributed towards helping Goa Tourism achieve this milestone and  I congratulate all the Goa tourism officials who have worked hard to execute plans, policies, and projects which has put us in a spotlight.  I  hope and pray that this hard work, dedication and efficient team continues to march ahead and help us achieve many such prestigious awards in the years to come. I also thank  the Hon’ble Chief Minister  of Goa, Mr. Manohar Parrikar and  Minister for Power & Chairman  of Goa Tourism Development  Corporation  (GTDC) Mr. Nilesh Cabral for their  wholehearted  support  and  co-operation  in helping  Goa  Tourism  to reach  great heights.”
 
 
Photo  Caption: Hon’ble Union Minister for Tourism, Mr. Alphons Kannanthanam  presenting the prestigious National Tourism Award in the category of  Comprehensive Development  of Tourism (Rest of India) for the year 2016-17 to Hon’ble Minister  for Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar along with Managing Director of  GTDC, Mr. Nikhil Desai in  the distinguished presence of Secretary Tourism, Govt.  of India Ms Rashmi Verma (IAS).