Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has plans to make Ponda, a city located 28kms from Panaji, a meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) tourism hub. This decision follows the Annual Budget 2014, where Arun Jaitley, finance minister, Government of India allocated budgets to make Goa the MICE tourism hub of India. GTDC will commence the work for this project from August first week.
Speaking exclusively to Financial Express Online, Nikhil Desai, managing director, GTDC, said, “We are planning to convert the temple town of Ponda into a MICE tourism hub. Ponda is conveniently located near the capital city of Panaji. We will facilitate all necessary infrastructure for MICE tourists and also develop infrastructure for larger conventions.”
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