First Goa Food & Hospitality Awards honour the stalwarts of the Goan industry


Managing Direcots of Mandovi Hotels Pvt Ltd Narcinva and Ramnath Quenim receive the Special Recognition Award Conferred by Goa Tourism for the Mandovi Hotel, for being the first hotel in Goa set up in 1952 from Goa Minister for Tourism Dilip Parulekar. Also seen are Joint Secretary of Tourism, Govt. of India Anand Kumar, Managing Director Goa Tourism Development Corporation Nikhil Desai, COO Saffron Synegries Pvt Ltd Sheldon Santwan and Managing Directors of Media Promotions Pvt Ltd Kedar Dhume & Clive Sequeira.

June 3, 2014:“My primary focus will be on improving the international tourist arrivals to India by taking steps to facilitate visa-on-arrival and introducing e-visas. I will also be concentrating on improving the tourism infrastructure within the country, while giving special attention to Goa, especially with the approaching exposition,” said the newly appointed Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Tourism & Culture Chief Guest Shripad Naik in the presence of Tourism Minister of Goa, Mr. Dilip Parulekar at the first Goa Food & Hospitality Awards held at a glittering function at the Goa Marriott on the occasion of Goa Statehood Day. The awards was supported by Goa Tourism, Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa and organised by Goa-based Media Promotions Pvt Ltd and Saffron Synergies Pvt. Ltd from Mumbai.
A total number of 15 awards were presented in different categories.
Best Hotel (Luxury): Radisson Blu Goa Resort, Best Hotel  (Mid Market) Lemon Tree Amarante, Best General Manager (Luxury): Thomas Abraham- Park Hyatt, Best General Manager (Mid Market): Pankaj Dubey - Golden Tulip Goa, Best Local Independent Hotel (Luxury): Cidade de Goa, Best Hotel for MICE: Grand Hyatt Goa, Best Local Independent Hotel (Mid Market): Ocean Palms, Best Restaurant of the Year: Simply Grills - Goa Marriott Resort, Best CSR Initiative: Heritage Village Club, Most Innovative Eco-Initiative: Aldeia Santa Rita, Best Heritage Hotel: WelcomHeritage - Panjim Inn Best Time Share Resort: Royal Goan Beach Club- MonteRio, Best Spa: Sereno Spa- Park Hyatt, Best Executive Chef of the Year: Chef Chandra Shekhar Pandey – (The) Lalit, Best New Restaurant of the Year: Sunset Ashram.

Minister for Tourism, Dilip Parulekar said, “The Tourism Ministry welcomes the initiative. The Goa Food and Hospitality Awards will help set a standard for hospitality in Goa and will bring recognition to the winners which will motivate them to perform even better.”

Managing Director of Tourism Nikhil Desai said, “Till date, the food and hospitality industry has worked on its own to build its standards to what it is today. Recognition for the efforts of the industry has come in the form of both national and international awards, which properties in Goa win on a regular basis. This is for the first time that a attempt has been made by the organisers to recognise the efforts and the contributions of the Food & Hospitality Industry in our state. The first Goa Food & Hospitality Awards will honour those who stand out in the industry and we hope this will push the rest of the members of the industry to achieve the highest levels of excellence.”
Two special recognition awards were presented by the Guest of Honour, Minister for Tourism Dilip Parulekar.

The first Special Recognition Award conferred by Goa Tourism to the 4 promoters & founders of Mandovi Hotel Late Anant Visvanath Quenim, Late Purxotoma Ramanata Quenim, Late Dr. Vamana Visvanath Quenim, and Late Dattatray Ramnath Quenim of the Mandovi Hotel, in Panaji, Goa’s first luxury hotel set up in 1952, was received by Ramnath Quenim (Babu) and Narcinva Quenim (Prashant) Managing Directors of Mandovi Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

Special Recognition Award  was also conferred by Goa Tourism upon Padma Bhushan Late Captain C. P. Krishnan Nair for starting Goa’s first 5 star luxury hotel- The Leela, in Cavelosim which put south Goa prominently on the tourism map of the state, which was received by Rajiv Kaul, Group President – Leela Hotels & Resorts.

Prominent people who were present included Joint Secretary of Tourism, Govt. of India Anand Kumar, Group President Leela Hotels Rajiv Kaul, Managing Director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation Nikhil Desai, President of Travel & Tourism Association of Goa Francisco Braganza, President of Goa Hotels & Restaurant Association Gaurish Dhond, Dy. Director of Tourism Pamela Mascarenhas, Managing Directors of Media Promotions Pvt Ltd Kedar Dhume and Clive Sequeira, COO of Saffron Synergies Sheldon Santwan, and owners and GMs of prominent 4 and 5 star properties in the state.