Panaji: Goa Tourism carved itself a milestone this World Tourism Day. For the
first time in its history, the State has bagged two prestigious National Awards for 2015-16–
Most Innovative use of Information Technology: Social Media/Mobile App by Goa Tourism
Development Corporation and Best State/UT Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest
of India)(Third Prize – Joint Winner).

The two prestigious National Tourism Awards were presented to Goa by the Hon’ble
President of India, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind at a glittering function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi
today. The award ceremony was presided over by the Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent
charge) for Tourism, Mr. Alphons Kannanthanam.
The NTA function coincided with the occasion of World Tourism Day, 27 th September 2017. The
awards were received by the Hon’ble Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation
(GTDC), Mr. Nilesh Cabral and Managing Director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation,
Mr. Nikhil Desai.

The NTA awards have been instituted since 1990 and presented to State governments/UTs and
several other tourism bodies in recognition of their performance in the respective fields of
travel, tourism and hospitality encouraging healthy competition with an aim to promote
tourism. During the last five years, Goa Tourism has powered several campaigns on Goa as an
Ideal Wedding Tourism Destination, Goa as a Monsoon Destination, Goa as an Adventure
tourism destination etc.

The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar today said, “I am extremely happy
and congratulate the Department of Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation
for their outstanding performance which has brought name and fame to Goa Tourism.
I congratulate Chairman of GTDC, Mr. Nilesh Cabral and his dedicated team for
adopting various initiatives one of which has brought this a huge laurel in the category
of Innovative Use of Information Technology. I wish Goa Tourism many more awards and

Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation said, “ I am extremely
honoured today to receive such a huge recognition from the President of India for the
Corporation’s innovative initiative. During the last five years, under my chairmanship, the

GTDC has worked in the right direction and has give a new face to Goa Tourism. I take this
opportunity to congratulate the entire team at GTDC and Dept. of Tourism for working
wholeheartedly in this endeavour and seek continued support from everyone in the future.”

About the Awards:
Most Innovative Use of Information Technology- Social Media/Mobile App
This was for a campaign run for the tourists and by the tourists ‘Tourism by Tourists’ which
was aimed at building the longest running digital testimonial campaign for a travel brand. The
goal of the campaign was to raise credibility for the State through
travellers’ opinions and online publishers (bloggers/photographers/magazines etc).
Best State/UT ‘Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest of India) (Third Prize
Joint Winner)
This award recognizes Goa as a dream tourist destination for all tourists visiting this State.
It highlights Goa as a beach tourism destination along with other tourism facets namely bird
watching, waterfalls, religious tourism, eco -tourism etc.