Goa Tourism bags PATWA Award for the ‘Best Destination in Relaxation, Watersports and Entertainment


Panaji: March 18, 2014: Goa Tourism repeated its sterling performance when it bagged the PATWA Award for the ‘Best Destination in Relaxation, Watersports and Entertainment.’ in a glittering function held at Saal 9, ICC building Berlin  held on the sidelines of  ITB Berlin, Germany on 6th March,2014.  The award was accepted on behalf of Goa Tourism by Mr. Brijesh Manerkar, OSD, Department of Tourism, Goa.

Speaking on the award, Shri Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism  stated that he was delighted to receive this award for the second time in a row, and mentioned that the award is recognition of path-breaking initiatives undertaken by Goa Tourism, such as introduction of Single Window System for Watersports activities on Beaches, Single Window System for according permission for Music festivals and Tourism events, as a result of which Goa managed to attract high profile Music festivals, weddings, etc. thereby cementing its place as India’s No.1 destination for Relaxation, Entertainment and Watersports.

He further mentioned, that Goa Tourism has been laying stress on World Classinfrastructure Tourism and several Tourism projects have been initiatedwhich will revolutionize Goa Tourism in the years to come. 

He mentioned that it was a matter of great pride that an International Bodylike PATWA has recognized the excellent work carried out by Goa Tourism

About PATWA (Pacific Area Travel Writers Association)

PATWA was established during the PATA Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The aim of PATWA is to promote professional development of travel writing and travel communication which makes invaluable contribution in the promotion of tourism. PATWA will support the fundamental objectives of PATA efforts for tourism and at the same time it will maintain adherence to the fundamental principles of the UNESCO, United Nations and of the World Tourism Organisation.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES : The members of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA), adhere to the Fundamental Principles of the United Nations, UNESCO and the World Tourism Organisation (WTO).


- The wish to get acquainted with all human beings, to get to know countries and people, their habits, customs, history and civilization.
- The aspiration that commands people to live in good benevolence, co-operation a nd peace.
- The evolution of social living standards and the ceaseless development and process of communication to an extent when tourism becomes an essential need for the people.