Goa goes the Brazil way
With their five-day extravagant carnival set in February, Goa Tourism is marketing the state as a cultural destination with festivals, heritage and adventure.
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Goa carnival this year is being organised from February 8 to 12 and will revive the yesteryears’ fervour with larger-than-life décor and mask installations. This food and cultural festival is the biggest of its kind in Goa. including the food festival where we have involved 15 other states as well.”
Goa Tourism has left no stone unturned to take the 2013 Carnival experience to a heightened level of excitement and entertainment. The festival, will feature float increased the deployment of police force at tourist spots. We are also in the process of increasing room inventory for tourists.”He added that the tourism board is keen on promoting Goa not only as an important cultural destination but also for its festivals, heritage and adventure.
RK Verma, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Goa comments on the adding of more room inventory is Goa, saying,“Four new five star hotels are underway in Goa including the Four Seasons hotel. We are also developing golf courses and focusing on monsoon tourism along with promoting the carnival in a big way”.
This year the carnival has been rebranded and elements of Bollywood have also been introduced. The Goa Carnival has evolved over a period of time and taking forward this tradition, it has now been rebranded and repositioning the carnival.
Parulekar adds, “The other highlights of the event will include a vintage car rally, Serenade parade, a Harley Davidson Bike rally and King Momo’s lead float. The event will also see many Bollywood personalities.”