Goa Showcases Sustainable Tourism at Arabian Travel Market 2024

Goa presents its sustainable tourism initiatives at ATM Dubai 2024, highlighting cultural and natural attractions beyond its beaches.

MUMBAI, INDIA – The Department of Tourism, Goa, showcased the state’s Sustainable Tourism Initiatives at the prestigious Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Dubai 2024, held from May 6th to May 9th, 2024, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), UAE. The inauguration of the Goa pavilion was held at the hands of the Indian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Shri. Sanjay Sudhir, alongside Mr. Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, Director Tourism & Managing Director GTDC, Mr. Shawn Mendes, OSD to Tourism Minister, and Mrs. Chitra Vengurlekar, Assistant Tourist Officer, Department of Tourism, Government of Goa, and other key officials from Incredible India, marked a momentous occasion. This ceremonious event symbolized the unity and collaborative spirit driving sustainable tourism initiatives, reinforcing the commitment to showcasing Goa’s cultural heritage and natural beauty on a global stage.

The Goa Pavilion captivated visitors with its innovative initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable tourism practices, along with offering a comprehensive glimpse beyond the beaches into Goa’s diverse offerings. From hinterland exploration to spiritual tourism, the pavilion showcased Regenerative Tourism concepts, the Ekadasha Teertha circuit with all 11 temples, and insights into the upcoming St. Francis Xavier Exposition.

Furthermore, Visitors had the opportunity to explore Goa’s idyllic settings for destination weddings, state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure for hosting corporate events, conferences, and exhibitions, positioning the region as an ideal MICE destination in the global market. Interacting with the dynamic Goan diaspora bolstered Goa’s standing as a leading sustainable tourism destination, further solidifying its position in the industry.

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Mr. Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, Director Tourism & Managing Director GTDC, “The tremendous reception our presence received at ATM Dubai served as a valuable platform to present our sustainable tourism endeavors to a worldwide audience. Goa as a destination that cherishes both environmental conservation and cultural preservation and our interactions with industry leaders, travelers, and stakeholders have strengthened our resolve to advance sustainable tourism initiatives. The Department of Tourism’s unwavering commitment incorporates innovative practices that not only enrich the visitor experience but also safeguard Goa’s natural and cultural heritage for future generations.”

The Goa Pavilion had the privilege of hosting an interaction with Sandiaga Uno, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia. This exchange of ideas emphasized the importance of international cooperation in advancing sustainable tourism practices and fostering cultural exchange between nations. This exchange led to a mutual dedication to nurturing environmental conservation, advancing cultural appreciation, and elevating the quality of tourism experiences. It marked the crucial junctures in fostering enduring alliances and propelling joint endeavors towards a globally sustainable and culturally enriched tourism environment.

The Goa Tourism Pavilion took center stage in facilitating meaningful connections and exchanging valuable insights. Against the backdrop of the event’s vibrant energy, the objective was to actively involve stakeholders, industry partners, and enthusiasts, fostering dialogue and collaboration. Through the sharing of experiences, initiatives, and success stories, these efforts sparked positive change within the tourism industry. From community-based projects to conservation endeavors, the goal was to enhance the holistic approach guiding the vision for sustainable tourism. Additionally, the Goa Pavilion was complemented by an array of co-exhibitors, each adding their unique flair to the showcase. The co-exhibitors: Spice Route Tours and Travels, Yoska (Ironman 70.3) and Sunset Getaways enriched the experience, offering visitors a holistic view of Goa’s cultural and economic landscape. Their presence deepened the collaborative spirit driving Goa’s tourism industry, emphasizing the importance of partnership in promoting responsible travel and fostering community development.

Goa’s presence at ATM Dubai 2024 marked a significant milestone in its journey towards sustainable tourism development. The Department of Tourism, Goa, looks forward to continuing its efforts to promote responsible travel practices and showcase the unique offerings of Goa to the world.

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