Modi projects Goa as conference tourism hotspot, underscores infrastructure
The prime minister also spoke about Goa’s track record as a host to prestigious sporting events and said the state will become a major centre for such events in the coming days.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd during the Viksit Bharat Viksit Goa 2047 programme in South Goa on February 6, 2024. Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant is also seen, second from right. (ANI Photo)
INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi said last week while inaugurating development projects worth over Rs 1,330 crore (£127 million) at the Viksit Bharat-Viksit Goa 2047 event in Panaji in the western coastal state of Goa that his government is committed to developing it as a destination for conference tourism.
Stressing Goa’s capacity to host global events, the PM mentioned some key events that have taken place in Goa in the recent past, including India Energy Week 2024 which concluded last week.
The prime minister also spoke about Goa’s track record as a host to prestigious sporting events such as the World Table Tennis Championship in 2023 and the FIFA Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup in 2022 and said the state will become a major centre for such events in the coming days.
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Modi also focused on Goa’s rural landscapes while acknowledging its potential for eco-tourism and said the administration is focusing on bettering tourism in the state’s hinterlands so that local communities benefit. Goa is ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.
Speaking about measures taken to improve Goa’s infrastructure related to tourism, he said modern amenities such as food courts and restaurants will be developed to enhance its appeal as a tourist hotspot.
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The PM also spoke about Goa’s pristine beaches and added that it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists both from India and abroad. “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (One India, Best India) can be experienced during any season in Goa,” he said at the event.
Modi also emphasised on the government’s efforts to improve connectivity in Goa, citing the inauguration of the Manohar Parrikar International Airport in Mopa in north Goa and the New Zuari Bridge, connecting districts of north and south Goa, as key milestones.