Goa Tourism bags Most Technology Friendly Tourism State Award at IITM – Mumbai


Panjim, Sept 3:Goa Tourism’s rain of  awards continue at  IITMs organised across the  country during the  last  three  months, and the  recently  concluded  IITM event  held in Mumbai is  of  great  significance.

Goa Tourism has bagged an award for being the 'Most Technology Friendly Tourism State' at the recently held IITM Mumbai exhibition which took place over three days in Mumbai (August  28-30, 2015).
The award was presented to Goa Tourism officials Mr. Rajesh Kale, Mr. Nilesh Naik Desai, Mr. Prasad Kavlekar and Mr. Anand Shetye by Mr. Ashok Arora, Regional Head, MP Tourism.
The Hon’ble Tourism Minister, Mr. Dilip Parulekar said, “It has been Goa Tourism’s endeavour to reach out to the world using technology and we are achieving great heights. During my tenure as tourism minister I have ensured that this task will be achieved and it showing remarkable success.
Today all information on Goa Tourism is available at the click of a button. The world is following us through our websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and GTDC is also launching shortly an interactive website and e-commerce portal. Goa will be the first State to have designed and commissioned such a portal which will make it easier for tourists to enjoy their holidays in Goa and get value for their money.”
Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation said, “The award is an acknowledgement of our out-of-box thinking to aggressively market Goa in social media   and digital platforms enabling us to connect to the young travelers and tech-savvy tourists.  GTDC  has  kept pace with the  changing times and the  award is a reflection   of   our  endeavor  to  stay  ahead  in this  tech-intensive  world.”
For Goa Tourism, this recent award at the IITM Mumbai endorses its commitment to revolutionizing the face of tourism.
Goa Tourism bagged the prestigious award at the 83rd edition of IITM (India International Travel Mart) organised at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon East, Mumbai. While Maharashtra was the host state, the participating states included Andaman, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal. The participating countries consisted of Dubai, Greece, Malaysia, Nepal, Sharjah, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.
IITM is India's premier Exhibition that showcases travel, tourism, hospitality, leisure and other related industries. It is aimed at bringing the Industry, face-to-face with the travel trade, Corporate Buyer and the end-customer with the requisite purchasing power. All this in a comfortable and festive ambience that helps forge a mutually beneficial business relationship. It promises a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the crème de la crème of the industry and travel enthusiasts; a rendezvous that will leave an impact on the mind of every visitor and potential traveller.
Goa’s stall at IITM Mumbai received an overwhelming response and a large number of travel and tour agencies visited. The Goa stall - that was done up in classic Goan style with 3D detailing and customized lighting, depicting the contrasts of Goa in line with Goa’s brand strategy - was a massive draw for visitors on all the 3 days, marking an excellent response from both the trade and general visitors. A Goa evening event was also organised at the VITS Hotel for key travel operators. The evening consisted of a presentation on Goa, screening of a film on Goa, entertainment performances and authentic dinner, followed by informal interaction with tourism officials, offering Mumbai a true flavour of Goa.