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It is always better to plan and prepare early when you are looking for spending your vacation in Goa, because there are plenty of options available at your disposal to choose from. One of the best places to visit during the night time is Toto’s Lane where you can witness the crowd having fun till dawn. Most of the dining restraints remain open till late at night with young crowd dancing to the tunes of hit bollywood and international hip hops at many discs in the area.
Goa is a paradise when it comes to adventure and beach life. It has been blessed with some of the world famous beaches like Agonda, Baga, Cavelossim, Candolim, Mandrem and others. Here you will also get to know more about the latest initiatives and plans taken up by the Goa Tourism board. Moreover, accommodation at luxury beach resorts and hotels can be taken care of easily with all the information that is available on our website. Paragliding, sea fishing, scuba diving, etc. are some of the popular sports here and tourists, who come to Goa don’t want to miss out on all that action that it offers.
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This formal Portugal colony has rich heritage and architectural delights that speak a lot about the place and its culture. There are plenty of tourist attractions that travelers need to witness on their own. Therefore, having a plan ready for Goa can help travelers to explore the many facets of the place and this is where our website comes in handy. It acts more like a handbook for travelers.
The government of Goa may ask the promoters of proposed golf course projects to use desalinated water in North Goa district. Along with this, the state tourism department is considering to create a policy in order to promote water harvesting via tourism related issues.
While talking to the reporters, the Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar stated, “In near future, we might ask them (golf course promoters) to desalinate water from sea and use it for their project.” A conglomeration of Goa hotels has come up with the idea of setting up the golf course at Tirakhol, which is a coastal village lying on the border of Goa-Maharashtra.
The12.50 lakh sq meters proposed golf course project is facing opposition because of it being water intensive and opposition Congress has asked for the scrapping of project for displacing the local villagers. In addition to this, Parulekar also told that rain water harvesting would be made mandatory for further tourism projects in the state. He added by saying that, “World Tourism Day observed on September 27 also has a theme of water conservation which is in sync with UN General Assembly’s declaration of 2013 as International Year of Water Cooperation.”
Also, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), an integral part of state tourism ministry has arrived at the decision of harvesting rain water and recycling the currently used water. Nilesh Cabral, the chairman of GTDC informed reporters that the sewerage treatment plants set up at almost all Goa hotels is a novel feature of reusing water.
The grand and luxurious Sea Dream Yacht Club docked at the Mormugao Port at 2:00 pm on October 28, 2013. Packed with around 125 passengers, the ship reached to Goa after sailing from Athens in Greece to Mumbai. The lavish yacht is now moving to Kochi followed by Singapore and many other Asian destinations.
For greeting the passengers, the Goa tourism and the state Government organized a welcome ceremony in a traditional style with outstanding Goan music. In addition to this, different vibrant performances such as Carnival dance, Qurudin and Ghode Modni, etc, were presented by the artists. The colorful ambiance enthralled the guests and many of them even joined the artists during cultural performances.
Mr. Sudesh Kishore, the president of Sea Dream Yacht Club, India stated, “For the first time Sea Dream has chosen Goa as a part of its itinerary, this is due to a popular vote that was cast in favour of this state by members of the club.”
As it’s the first time that Sea Dream Yacht is arriving at Goa, Tourism Department put in all its efforts for making the guests feel a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Also, the Mormugao Port is all set to welcome about 30 cruise liners between October 2013 and April 2014.
In order to lay more emphasis on meaningful and serious cinema, the International Film Festival (IFFI) 2013 edition has decided not to premier any of the popular Bollywood movies. While talking about the Goa festival, the organizers said that we have come to this decision so as to bring forward the more sensible side of cinema to the film lovers.
As per Vihnu Wagh, the Vice Chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa, which is a leading nodal agency hosting the festival on behalf of state government said that, “The premieres of popular films and the long wait for the stars to make an appearance is nothing but a distraction from serious cinema. Reputed people in the film fraternity feel that the festival should not have popular films.”
He informed that this 10 day long Goa festival will commence from November 20 this year and will not be screeing any Tamil, Telugu and Bengali film. Meanwhile, the event organizers have invited South Superstar Rajnikanth for the opening ceremony.
Although tar ball deposition on the beaches of Goa would be a regular phenomenon starting from June to October each year, it is laying adverse effects on the marine life of the state. As per a new study, it has been revealed that the marine life in the coastal waters of Goa is being affected by this activity. However, initially the scientists at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa ascertained off-shore oil exploration, oil-well blow-outs, oil tanker accidents and ballast water from ships as the reasons for tar ball deposition.
Contrary to this, when NIO scientists found tar depositions at the beaches in Goa, even when there were no reported cases of any kind of oil spills or accidents, they decided to conduct more study on this in the year 2010 and 2011. In order to carry out the study, the NIO even collected samples from Calangute, Candolim, Velsao, Benaulim, Colva and many other popular beaches in Goa. According to the study, “There were no reports of oil spills in the Arabian Sea or on the Western coastal belt. We assume that some unknown spills or tanker routes might be the cause for the formation of present tar balls.”
The study further informed that besides oil spill, weathering process also accounts for half of the oil to spread within 24 hours. And after 24 hours, water-in-oil emulsion is created depending on the state of the sea and it increases with the salinity of water. The waves, winds and turbulence at sea surface leads the emulsion to split into smaller pieces that eventually turns into tar balls deposits.
As per A K Saran, working as a scientist with the NIO, “During the monsoon and prior to its arrival, the sea is very rough and winds blow towards the coast. This brings the tar balls on the coast during June to October. This is a reason why we see tar balls getting washed away on the Goan beaches.”
The survivors of breast cancer and other diseases will be undertaking an awareness walk close to the pristine Miramar Goa beach on Oct 27. The walk is organized for creating awareness about breast cancer. Named as ‘Goa Pink Run’, the walk is organized by Vasco Sports Club, known as one of the oldest clubs in the state along with ‘Muskan’, which is a support group meant for cancer survivors. The awareness walk will also include a 10 kilometer marathon in addition to a 5 kilometer of fun walk.
As per Babita Agarwal, the Trustee of Muskan, “There will be 40-50 breast cancer survivors, who will walk on the day. There are some who are readying for a ten kilometre run.” Goa houses second highest number of breast cancer cases in the country following the nation capital, Delhi. She further added by saying that, “The awareness is being created to make people know that cancer is not the end of life. With proper treatment, cancer can be cured and one can live productive life for years.”
The event at Miramar Goa beach will be flagged off by the famous oncologist Dr Shekhar Salkar.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has pointed out the official website of Goa tourism as a lackluster. As per a report for March 2011-2012, the website does not include necessary and up-to-date information about Goa hotels, tour packages and other necessary details.
According to the report, “There was no location finder, route map. Unlike the tourism websites of other states such as Kerala and Gujarat, the website of Goa tourism department was deficient in content and lackluster.” The report further stated that the official website of the state does not serves as the rightmost source of information for several operators related to the tourism sector such as travel agents, Goa hotels owners as well as chartered flight operators.
The state tourism department also admitted that the information available on the official website is not updated and agreed that latest photographs and films would be soon updated on the website. At the ending of conference, the principal secretary of Goa tourism also accepted that the information available on the official website was not proper.
In order to increase the security at the popular beaches of Goa, the state tourism department is extending the deployment of policemen up till midnight. A firm decision was taken by the high level tourism security committee meeting having Dilip Parulekar as the meeting chairman.
While talking to PTI, Dilip Parulekar told that renowned beaches such as Baga. Colva, Calangute and many other Goa beach having the highest footfalls will be provided late night security by the Goa police. Although the Tourism Security Force is deployed at Goa beach but as it’s having less manpower, India Reserve Battalion (IRB) has also been deployed at the well-known beaches of the state.
He further informed that the IRB will remain deployed at beaches that are less popular till 10 PM. Along with this, it was also decided to strengthen the Tourism Security Force of Goa that comprises of only 75 personnel at present. According to Parulekar, “Additional 125 personnel would be recruited in the force soon thereby strengthening it further.”
In a nutshell, this meeting was majorly organized to review that security arrangements are up-to-date in the backdrop of the coming tourist season in the beach state.
In a bid to lure the crowd of North Goa beaches to the South beaches, the state tourism department has decided to improve its four shorelines, which also includes Colva of South district. The tourism minister of Goa, Dilip Parulekar told that the process of upgrading the infrastructure in tourist spots such as Gonsua, Colva, Benaulim and Betalbatim Goa beaches has been taken up in assistance with the funding from Central government.
He further stated that this project has been named as Colva Circuit and the union tourism ministry has approved Rs 17.23 Crore for the facelift of these Goa beaches. Adding more, he said that the project will be initiated within 180 days of work order execution.
Dilip Parulekar also commented, “All South Goa beaches are internationally famous and attract a lot of tourists. Considering the present scenario, these areas demand development, upgradation and a facelift, which can help accommodate more tourists and provide better facilities to them that will help boost tourism in South Goa.”
Goa, the beach destination of India has earned a lucrative amount of Rs. 189 Crore from the offshore casinos since the past three years, stated state Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar in the legislative assembly on Thursday.
This will help in boosting Goa tourism. Offshore casinos operated by Highstreet Cruises and Entertainment Private Limited and run by a strong business group and promoted by casino tycoon Jaydev Mody are the major contributors in the kitty of state government.
Goa has around dozens of onshore casinos; however, it has just four offshore casinos anchored at the scenic Mandovi River. These offshore casinos are a major contributor in the increasing Goa tourism. The state home department that levies license and operation fees on these casinos got benefited by over Rs. 79 Crore as well as from the commercial tax department by Rs.110 Crore since 2010 to 2013.