Goa government promotes tourism to state in New York

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Manohar T Azgaonkar, Minister of Tourisim and Sports Goa (Photo by: Peter Ferreira)

NEW YORK – The state government of Goa organized a presentation, followed by cocktails and dinner, at New York Marriot Marquis, on May 24.

The meet was led by Manohar. T Azgaonkar Minister of Tourism & Sports, Goa; Dharmendra Sharma, Chief Secretary, Goa and Rajesh A. Kale, Deputy Director Tourism, Goa.

Azgaonkar said promoting Goa to the world is the main motive of his visit to New York.

“Goa is famous for its natural beauty, temples, churches and lot of other tourist attractions. This is a heaven gifted by god to the mankind,” he said.

He also said they are providing all the facilities for the foreign tourists to make their stay comfortable and safe. He asked the attendees to send special requests by NRIs which the government of Goa can look into it and provide necessary facilities.

“Our main aim today is to show Goa to the people of New York and invite them to our state. Any tourist who would visit Goa will go home with complete satisfaction,” he said.

Sharma mentioned that reaching Goa is easy in recent times. Two new international airports have been built. Leading American hotel chains are being operated in Goa. Most of Goa is well connected by roads, he added.

Ashwin Kumar and Alisha Desai of Surati Performing Arts doing a Goan Dance (Photo by: Peter Ferreira)

Public transport largely consists of privately operated buses linking the major towns to rural areas. Goa is well connected by air to most major cities in the world.

The hosts also mentioned that the pride of Goa belongs to the exotic ’feni’, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented cashew apple juice or coconut palm sap.

Goa is only state in India where gambling is legal. When the world sleeps, Goa rises to party at iconic discos like the Tito’s at Baga, and Party Zone (the first in South Goa) at Holiday Inn, Adega Cameons at Taj Exotica, Treasures at Majorda or Avloc at Colva.

“The beaches of Goa park in several contrasting worlds within them. You can enjoy a quiet walk that goes on and on and on. Or you can groove the night away to Goa Psy Trance. You can laze around on the powdery white sand. Or you can enjoy water sports fueled by a surge of adrenaline. Whichever contrast you choose to explore, they are sure to bring out contrasting side of you<’ the organizers said in a press release.

The event was organized by Anis Khan of Maharaja Holidays. It was attended by around 200 people. Andy Bhatia from Federation of Indian Associations- Tristate, and David Rozario representing the Goa community locally were among the guests who attended the meet.