Panjim, Sept 29: Goa Tourism today celebrated World Tourism day with much gala and festivity as programmes and activities were organized across the State.
The celebrations began at the Goa International Airport, Dabolim, with the warm welcome of tourists, distribution of flowers and sweets. Passengers were enthused with a brass band and folk dances presented outside the airport. A similar initiative was carried out at the Konkan Railway Station in Margao.
This year World Tourism Day is themed Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all and all the initiatives undertaken by Goa Tourism revolving aroundTourism and Jobswhich hasopened various avenues for employmentwere showcased across all platforms.
During the day a boat cruise tripwas organized for special children on the Santa Monica. Students from Sanjay Centre for special education, Porvorim and Disha School for special children ,Panjim attended the same. Entertainment programmes, games, gifts and goodies were distributed to all the children. Similarly World Tourism Day was also celebrated at St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa followed by a Hop on-Hop off bus tours arranged for the entertainment of school students.
Quiz contests were held at the Directorate of Art and Culture, Panaji and RavindraBhavan, Margao. An Elocution competition at Multipurpose Hall at the Department of Art& Culture, Panaji and a
Drawing competition was conducted at Fine Arts College, Panaji. Staff of the Department of Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation ensured smooth co-ordination and conduct of the day long events on World Tourism day. All GTDC residencies also celebrated World Tourism Day along with their guests.