Goa Tourism bags ‘Film Tourism Destination of the Year’ Award at IITM Chennai


Panjim, 9 August: Goa has always been a popular destination with the film fraternity with many iconic films being shot here. Whether it is the beaches as the backdrop or the forts like in Dil Chahta Hai or the scenic Dudhsagar Waterfalls in the film Chennai Express, Goa has always been a special attraction among the film makers.
The ‘Film Tourism Destination of the Year’ Award at the India International Travel Mart (IITM) Chennai is a shot in the arm for Goa Tourism and will definitely generate more interest and more film shootings in the State of Goa.
Goa Tourism is elated by this latest honour and is confident that both international and national film producers and directors will avail of the facilities extended to them by the Entertainment Society of Goa for film shootings and will in turn take glimpses of scenic Goa to the world and country and draw tourists in larger numbers. Goa already has been the stage and backdrop for more than 100 films during the last one decade. The hosting of the International Film Festival India (Goa) annually also add further impetus on Goa as a paradise  for  film shootings.
The award was received by Mr. Rajesh Kale, Dy. Director- Dept of Tourism, Mr. Pravinkumar Faldessai-Manager Marketing, GTDC, Mr. Bharat Chodenkar, Asst. Manager, GTDC and Benedicto Assis Sacrafamilia, UDC, Dept of Tourism at the hands of Mr. Rohit Hangal, Director of Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions Pvt Ltd.
The three day fair in Chennai saw an overwhelming response from a large number of travel and tour agencies. Various tourism initiatives and other attractions were promoted along with a display of a presentation on Goa, entertainment programmes and authentic dinner that showcased the true essence of Goa.

Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Dilip Parulekar said “This award is unique and hence signifies Goa as the most favored destination for film shootings. Goa’s picturesque locations make it a hot spot for film producers and directors to want and capture the beauty of Goa on camera and make the movie more vibrant and eye-catching. Goa and its connection with films is something that goes back a long way right from ‘Ek Duje ke Liye’ to the most recent ‘Angry Indian Goddesses.’ It is not just the Bollywood that is obsessed by Goa, but also a lot of Hollywood film makers have not escaped from the charisma of this state”.

Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, GTDC said “It has been an endeavor of Goa Tourism to promote the state as the most popular choice for film shootings. While many shots cover popular locations of Goa, many film producers also capture some of Goa’s lesser known locations such as its hinterlands, monsoons, adventure activities, festivals, etc which in turn promotes the lesser known facets of Goa. The Entertainment Society of Goa plays an important role that facilitates all procedures and permissions for film shooting in Goa through a single window system. The International Film Festival (IFFI) held in Goa every year promotes Film Tourism in a big way. Films shot in Goa will always be an ideal medium of promotion for the state.”
Five popular movies shot in Goa:


1 Ek Duje Ke Liye
2 Dil Chahta Hai,
3 Singham
4 Finding Fanny
5 Angry Indian Goddesses