GOA TOURISM KEEN TO PROMOTE TOURISM WITH MADRID

PANJIM: More than 400 years after saint Francis Xavier spread Christianity in Goa after sailing from present day Spain, the Goa Tourism is keen to promote tourism with Madrid.  Tourism officials spoke of initiating ties with the Spanish state of Navarra, the birthplace of the saint, in a bid to promote cross-regional tourism.
‘The Spanish counterparts have also shown keen interest in Goa due to its emotional ties with the state,’ Swapnil Naik, Goa’s tourism director, told reporters here.  Situated in the northern tip of Spain, Navarra is a popular pilgrimage destination in Europe. March is the month of the popular pilgrimage Javierada when thousands walk from Pamplona, the capital of Navarra, and other places in the region to the castle where the saint was born in 1506. He died in 1552.
Looking to tap this market, a delegation of Goa tourism officials will travel to the Spanish region to meet Navarra’s tourism officials and industry leaders in an attempt to promote Goa. ‘We are keen on developing a Goa-Navarra circuit and will be travelling to Pamplona shortly. A large number of people travel to Goa and Navarra every year on pilgrimages. We are keen on building a stronger relationship with the region,’ Naik said.
The basilica of Bom Jesus located in Old Goa in India, holds the mortal remains of saint Xavier. He is revered by millions in India and Spain.  While in Navarra, the delegation will study the region’s success in renewable energy, environment – friendly methods of garbage management and other eco-tourism ventures.
‘Navarra has created a successful model which integrates tourism and renewable energy. We hope to get an insight into the policies and implementation process which will aid in rolling out similar energy measures in Goa,’ Naik said. - IANS

6 comments:

Richa Singh said...

This blog is having a nice information about Panjim.

Goa Tourism

Gobor said...

TOO LATE.  THE  PALACE OF SOTOMAYOR AT RIBANDAR IS SOLD TO A DELHIITE  WHO IS SELLING EXOTIC HERBAL TEA'S   FOR RS. 50,000 AND 1 LAKH PER KILO  AFTER GIVING TAXI DRIVERS HUGE SUMS FOR BRING IN TOURISTS. a RESTUARANT IS ALSO RUN THERE. I ORDERED FOR  BUTTER CHICKEN  WHICH TASTED YUCK . THE PRICE AGAIN A RIP-OFF.

AND HIS PLACE IS SUPPOSED TO BE OLDER THAN THE TAJ MAHAL OF THE PRE PORTUGUESE ERA. (PLZ CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG).

dlp said...

Goa's tourism officials will travel to the Spanish region, spend lavishly the public's hard earned money and return back to Goa after a great holiday. The subject then will be closed because these officials who visited Madrid will no longer be there after the next elections. So their main motive is, make hay while the sun shines.

Emediavoice said...

This Director Special is either drunk or has no sense of European or Spanish economy. With 20% unemployed in Spain and country falling into default, your director dreams of Spanish tourism. The Goan cannot afford to pay a visit to their idol Fr. Joseph Vaz in Ceylon? Mr. Naik just have a sip of Feni and dream of Rani.

Anonymous the VIII said...

Are you Mr/Ms Singh telling us Goans information about Panjim? We here all are Goans, and know all about Goa.
What is still nicer about Panjim is not there at the site you mention.
It is the deposition of "Indian Gold" all along the bank of Mandovi early morning and sporadically during the entire day by your Indian migrants.

Usko Goenkar said...

Dear Gobor, would like to know about "PALACE OF SOTOMAYOR", tried finding it on the web, no avail, thanks man... love to learn more bout our Goan History everyday...

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