10/09/2014 ….. Goa Tourism is organizing a FAM trip for travel agents from Russia and other CIS countries. This FAM trip is in association with Air Arabia wherein the airline has sponsored the return air tickets to eminent travel agents from Russia. The trip is organized to showcase Goa’s architectural heritage and aspects related to tourism with prime focus on hinterland and Goa’s cultural diversity.
The first arrivals of the FAM trip were a batch of 15 Russian travel agents who arrived on 7th September and are being hosted till 10th September. These will be followed by 15 Kazakhstani travel agents who will be hosted from 11th to 16th September, 10 Armenian travel agents who will be hosted from 12th to 19th September and 10 Ukrainian travel agents who will be hosted from 20th to 24th September 2014.
Mr. Gavin Dias, Dy. General Manager (Hotels & Mktg), GTDC said, “We are organizing these FAM trips in order to promote Goa and create awareness of the State as a tourist destination especially during the monsoon season. We have found that these FAM trips will eventually increase the flow of tourists from Russia, Kazahkstan, Armenia and Ukraine as these travel agents will promote Goa amongst their respective clients.“
The agents will meet and interact with the stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector and with media. The agents are being hosted at a hotel in the capital city, Panjim and their itinerary includes presentations on Goa, business sessions with hoteliers, a cruise trip along the river Mandovi, a visit to Basilica de Bom Jesus, Se Cathedra, Christian art museum, Aguada fort, Reis Magos fort, Tiracol fort, Cabo Da Rama fort, Baga beach, Vagator beach, Morgim beach, Mandrem beach, Arambol beach, Tiracol beach, Benaulim beach, Agonda beach, Palolem beach, Varca beach, Mobor beach, Arosil beach, Shree Manguesh temple (Priol, Ponda), Shree Mahalsa temple (Mardol), tropical spice plantation, Sahakari plantation, Big Foot (Ancestral Goan Locations), Goa Chitra Museum Benaulim, etc.
The Crown Goa, Panjim; Hotel Novotel Goa Shrem Resort, Calangute and Deltin Group are the hospitality partners for these trip.