Panjim, February 27: Hon’ble Minister for Tourism & Sports, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar today welcomed suggestions from the Consul General of Netherlands, Mr. Guido Tielman, for promotion of bi-lateral ties between Netherlands and Goa in the areas of Tourism and Sports.
Following a deliberation between Mr. Ajgaonkar and the visiting Netherlands Consul General today, Mr. Tielman said that he was enthralled by the Goan hospitality extended to him and will return back with a mission to encourage people from Netherlands to visit Goa.
He also stated that he would explore the possibility of charter flights from Netherlands to Goa and would request travel agents from Netherlands to connect with the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa on the modalities for working out this air connect between the two tourism regions.
On the Sports front, Mr. Tielman said he was impressed by the achievements of Goan male footballers and added that the game of football should be extended to women players and that Netherlands would be willing to support budding Goan women football players with training and exhibition matches between the two teams.
While Mr. Ajgaonkar emphasized that Netherlands should promote Goa widely as a must visit tourism destination, the visiting Consul General also appealed to Mr. Ajgaonkar to support the promotion of Netherlands to Goans.
During his short visit to Goa, Mr Tielman, visited a few beaches, temples and tourist spots and enjoyed the flavor of Goa. He also impressed on Mr. Ajgaonkar to visit Netherlands and to explore and experience tourism in Netherlands.
He was presented with souvenirs of Goa by Mr. Ajgaonkar.
Mr. Agnelo Godinho, Consular Assistant, Goa & Director of Tourism Mr. Menino D’souza were also present during the meeting.