Grand celebrations by Goa Tourism to mark World Tourism Day on Wednesday, 27th September, 2017

Grand celebrations by Goa Tourism to mark World Tourism Day on Wednesday, 27th September, 2017
Panjim, September 26:Grand celebrations all across the State will mark World Tourism Day on Wednesday, 27th September 2017. In  keeping with the theme, Sustainable Tourism: A Tool for Development,   the Department  of Tourism, Govt. of Goa  and  Goa Tourism Development  Corporation in association with India Tourism and Travel and Tourism  Association  of Goa  have  organized  programmes all through the day.
The Hon’ble Minister  for Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar and  the Hon’ble   Chairman of GTDC, Mr. Nilesh Cabral   have extended their  greetings  to  all Goans, tourism  stakeholders, visitors to Goa  and  all those  associated  with Goa Tourism  and  have  sought continued support from  everyone  in  the endeavor to  pursue  tourism sustainability  in the State of Goa.
Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Govt. of Goa is  also scheduled to speak  on Goa Doordarshan at 5.30 pm on Wednesday about his vision and mission on promoting ‘Goa as among top global destinations’.
Earlier in the day, GoaTourism will welcome tourists at the Goa International Airport and the KRC station in Margao. An exclusive boat cruise will also be arranged for special children on River Mandovi.
During the day, programmes that will be held   include sightseeing on the Hop-on Hop-off buses for college students. Quiz competitions will be held for colleges in the North and South Goa and a painting competition for students from Fine Arts College, Panjim.
 Many tourism stakeholders are also organizing World Tourism Day programmes across the State.  Cleanliness and sanitation campaigns under the Swachh Bharat initiative are also being organized in several coastal and tourist locations.
Goa Tourism, GTDC, India Tourism and  TTAG have cordially  invited  everyone to partake in the celebrations  on Wednesday and to  make the  events  an exciting  and wholesome  experience for  everyone.
Message from the Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar on the occasion of World Tourism Day, 27th September 2017
On the occasion of World Tourism Day, I, on behalf of Goa Tourism, extend my best wishes to all our stakeholders. I thank each and every Goan for their wholehearted co-operation and support in making our State a leading tourism destination.  I also greet all the tourists, who visit God’s Own Abode and appeal to them to enjoy Goa in a responsible manner. I would urge all our local stakeholders to consider themselves as Ambassadors of Goa Tourism and treat every visitor to the State with warmth and hospitality that Goa is famous for.  Today, World Tourism Day is focusing on ‘Sustainable Tourism: A tool for development’. Inspired by this idea, Goa Tourism is endeavoring to ensure that its local stakeholders engage in sustainable tourism, including promotion of rural tourism. In the months to come, Goa Tourism will be adding new infrastructure, activities, and services that will continue to bring in more tourists and offer tourists an enriching experience.
Message from Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation on the occasion of World Tourism Day, 27th September 2017
World Tourism Day is celebrated globally with an objective of focusing on areas of tourism importance that will help every tourism destination evolve and grow in the segment. Goa is indeed a fast growing tourism destination with a focus on taking its stakeholders hand in hand towards achieving sustainable development in tourism. The state’s beauty and bountiful resources is a huge blessing for the state and Goa Tourism has provided the right platforms for tourism stakeholders to explore employment opportunities and to give tourists that blissful experience. I acknowledge the efforts put in by everyone in making Goa a much sought tourism destination and to all the visiting tourists for choosing Goa as their preferred holiday spot.