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Goa welcomes one of the world’s biggest cruise liners

MARMUGAO, Goa, India - One of the world’s biggest cruise liner the Royal Caribbean International ‘s “Mariner of the Seas”, arrived at Mormugao Port, Goa from Dubai on 24th May, 2013 and was gr

Russian consul: Number of Russian tourists to Goa will reach 200000

PANAJI, Goa — The number of Russian tourists to Goa could soon touch 200,000 annually, newly-appointed Russian honorary consul in Goa Victor Albuquerque said Monday.

Goa cracks down on illegal foreign tourist guides

PANAJI, Goa - The state tourism department on Tuesday held a meeting with a delegation from the tourist guides association, to address the issues concerning foreigners illegally operating businesses i

New marketing strategy to promote Goa tourism unveiled

PANAJI, Goa, India - Goa tourism department has adopted a new marketing strategy to promote Goa nationally and internationally.

Goa airport will now offer visa on arrival for foreign tourists

MUMBAI, India - Five more international airports across the country, including the one in Goa, will now offer visa on arrival facilities to foreign tourists.

Goa bans drinking in public – where will the Russians and...

PANAJI, Goa - Tourists drinking in public or littering on beaches and tourist spots will face trouble soon, as the government has decided to crack the whip against offenders.

Goa Tourism announces strict measures to ensure tourist safety

MUMBAI, India - In the aftermath of multiple incidents involving crimes against tourists in the state and travel advisories issued by multiple countries against India, the Department of Tourism, Gover

Goa hopes Carnival will rescue tourist season

PANAJI, Goa - After a lull in the arrival of tourists around the New Year, the tourism industry in Goa is expecting a brighter season for the next month’s ‘Carnival’.

Goa police chief: African tourists are drug peddlers

MAPUSA, Goa, India - North Goa SP Vijay Singh recently said Nigerian tourists are drug peddlers and have shifted base from Anjuna to neighbouring places.

First Playboy Club in India to open in Goa

Playboy's iconic "bunnies" will make a demure Indian debut next month serving drinks at the brand's first club in the country, which will open despite a nationwide ban on the adult magazine.

Goa beach village wants tourists to take their garbage home

PANAJI, India - A Goa beach village now wants tourists to carry back the garbage they generate while having a ball on the beach.

Tourists in Goa not allowed to smoke

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday informed the Goa assembly that the government would initiate action against tourists smoking in public places.

Goa tourism minister Matanhy Saldanha dies

PANAJI, India - Goa tourism minister Matanhy Saldanha died after a massive attack at around 3.30 am on Wednesday.

Indian MP: Goa needs protection from Russian, Israeli tourists

A member of the Indian parliament’s upper house voiced concern over Russian and Israeli tourists occupying villages in the Indian resort state of Goa, IANS news agency reported on Tuesday.

Successful Spa Cenvaree comes to Centara Hotel in India

Centara Hotels & Resorts of Thailand will open its first stand-alone Spa Cenvaree during the first quarter of 2012, to be located at the Arcon Arcade in Goa, India.

Goa tourism defends film festival spending

PANAJI, India - The big question is whether the International Film Festival of India (Iffi) has succeeded in raking in the tourism moolah, even as the tourism industry has defended the state exchequer

Goa International Travel Mart starts on Friday

Panaji - Travel and tourism industry stakeholders from 28 countries will participate in the second edition of the Goa International Travel Mart (GITM), which kicks off here Friday.

Goa travel show to promote state’s “hidden treasures”

MUMBAI, India - Goa Tourism wants to promote the State as one with “hidden treasures” in the upcoming Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) 2011 from October 21 to 23.

Tourism official: No photo ID, no Goa

PANAJI - Tourists visiting Goa without any photo identity proof, henceforth, will not be able to check-in at any hotel or guest house in the state.

Adding spice to Goa’s monsoon tourism

Now you can 'spice' up your trip to Goa in the monsoons - not by going to a beach but by heading for a spice farm instead.

Goa police: Tourists caught at rave parties to do community service

PANAJI - Tourists caught at rave party sites in Goa could henceforth be forced to do community service, an official said on Monday.

New service launched for Goa tourists

Information on tourist and cultural hot spots - forts, beaches, heritage sites, religious sites, waterfalls and other places of interest will now be available at the tips of your fingers.

Bikini-clad tourists banned from Goa temples

Priests at the Mahalsa Narayani Temple in Mardol posted a sign warning “entry restricted for foreign tourists” while others imposed a strict dress code for visitors to protect the 'sanctity’ of

Goa set to launch helicopter tourism

PANAJI - A helipad alongside Panaji's Mandovi bridge and five more across the state, including at Colva and Old Goa, are set to launch helicopter tourism in Goa.Tourism director Swapnil Naik said the

Goa is a hit wedding destination for US couples

PANAJI, India - Goa and Rajasthan are high on the list of preferred wedding destinations in India for urban tourists from the United States, a top tourism official here said Tuesday.

Emergency helpline for Goa tourists coming soon

Panaji - Tourists visiting Goa, which has seen its image as a dream destination take a beating in the recent past, will soon be able to dial a toll-free number in case of emergency situations -- day o

Goa tourism hurt by rigid visa rules

Panaji - Even as the central government has refused to review its stringent visa rules which force tourists to take a two- month gap before re-entering India, tourism officials and tourism industry st

Goa tourism hurt by high air fares

The high air fares hit tourism in Goa during Christmas and New Year, trade sources said on Monday.

Goa tourism goes after Japanese visitors

Panaji - Attracting a lot of negative publicity in western Europe and Russia due to a string of high profile sex crimes against foreign tourists, Goa is now looking at Japan to expand its tourism base

Russian tourist reports assault in Goa

A 32-year-old Russian tourist was allegedly molested by a thief in her apartment in Colva in the wee hours on Wednesday, Goa police said.