Goa leaps for­ward with heli-tourism

With 'Car­ni­vals of the World Merge' theme, Goa Car­naval 2016 has gone in­ter­na­tional, host­ing artists from Europe and South Africa. Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Goa Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (GTDC), shares the new ini­tia­tives of Goa Tourism and ex­pec­ta­tions fr

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What is new at the Goa Car­naval this year?

Goa is the only state in In­dia to have a for­mal car­ni­val with a legacy of over 100 years. The car­ni­val will be ob­served in four key cities of Goa namely Pan­jim, Mar­gao, Vasco and Ma­pusa from Fe­bru­ary 6-9, 2016. Goa has truly gone in­ter­na­tional this year with a theme, 'Car­ni­vals of the World Merge', where cul­tures are be­ing adapted from South Africa and Europe. Artists from the Liverpool Car­ni­val of United King­dom and the South Africa Car­ni­val of South Africa along with Goa Car­naval from In­dia will travel in a cross cul­tural ex­change. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has taken up Goa Car­naval as one of the case stud­ies to study and as­sim­i­late the var­i­ous car­ni­val cul­tures of the world and share best prac­tices.

What are your ex­pec­ta­tions from the car­ni­val?

We are ex­pect­ing at least four lakh tourists spread over the week. Even though our peak sea­sons are till end of De­cem­ber, through fes­ti­val tourism, the early months of the year are added to the

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