Panjim, 21st April : Goa is the most admired destination for its spectacular beaches and this makes it a perfect holiday destination. The attractive beaches of Goa are a draw for millions of domestic and foreign tourists throughout the year. Perhaps this is why Goa has been chosen as the ‘Best Beaches and Coastal Destination’ by India Today Group. The award was presented to Goa Tourism at a function held on 20th April 2017 in the national capital.
The award was received by Mr. Virendra Kumar IAS Resident Commissioner, Goa Sadan, New Delhi at the hands of Union Minister for Tourism & Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in the presence of Group Editorial Director ( Publishing), India Today Group, Mr. Raj Chengappa. Mr. Gavin Dias, General Manager, Goa Tourism Development Corporation was also present at the occasion.
Under the categories of Beaches, Mandrem Beach in the North Goa topped the list, followed by Gopalpur-on- sea, Odisha and Rushikonda Beach in Andhra Pradesh at the third spot.
The award was endorsed and given as part of the India Today Tourism Award Survey, 2017. The survey was conducted on basis of a nation-wide poll for favorite tourism destinations in India and was divided into 6 different categories which included Adventure Destination, Beaches & Coastal Destinations, Luxury, Heritage & Culture, Wildlife Destinations and Mountain Destinations.
The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Manohar Azgaonkar said “It is an extremely proud moment for the State of Goa to be honoured with an award for ‘Best Beaches and Coastal Destination’ by India Today. Goa’s beaches have always been a hot-spot for tourists from across the world. In addition to its beauty, Goa’s beaches have favour with tourists for the various activities like water sports, adventure activities, safe swimming, beach patrol etc. We intend to keep the beaches clean and hygienic, provide better infrastructure facilities and public utility services. Recognitions like these will enthuse us to do better every passing day. I endorse this achievement and will endeavour to work towards bringing more laurels to the State which will put Goa Tourism high up on the world map.”