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Tourism Ministry of Goa announces State’s First Vintage Bike and Car Festival in October

Vintage two-wheelers and four-wheelers dating from 1921 to 1970 will be on display during the event

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Colva Beach in South Goa, Wikimedia

Panaji, Sept 13, 2016: Goa hopes to ride the heritage tourism wave with the help of vintage vehicles, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Tuesday, while announcing the state’s first vintage bike and car festival organised by the Tourism Ministry.

Over 50 such vintage bikes and cars will be driven through the main streets of Panaji as part of the one-day festival on October 1, Parulekar said.

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 “We are planning this event which is going to be very exciting and enlightening as vintage cars and bikes from vintage car museums, those in use and those maintained for exhibitions and special occasions will all be participating in it,” Parulekar said, adding that the event would be included in the Tourism Ministry’s annual events calendar.

“We hope to make it a regular attraction for inbound travellers,” Parulekar said.

Vintage two-wheelers and four-wheelers dating from 1921 to 1970 will be on display during the event. Cars that one would get a glimpse of at the festival include the Citroen, Austin, Morris, Cadillac, Ford, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and bikes like Norton, BSA and BMW.

“Vintage automobiles are another form of heritage and in Goa, there are vintage car fans who are passionate about this. Through this festival, we hope to kindle that hobby and motivate local Goans and others to preserve vintage vehicles so that the present generation and the future will have something to appreciate and admire,” Goa Tourism Development Corporation Chairperson Nilesh Cabral said.

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 “This can draw tourists from domestic and international markets who have an appetite for heritage and they will surely have one more facet to engage in when in Goa,” he added.

The state already has two privately run vintage car museums and a large number of vintage bike and car owners and collectors. (IANS)

  • Ayushi Gaur

    Healthy policy for hiking up the tourism revenue for Goa

  • Enakshi

    That sounds great 😀

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Goa Tourism Department Giving Finishing Touches to its Anti-Litter Campaign

Those who are destroying the beauty of Goa by sitting with a beer on a beach and drinking openly or cooking with a cylinder or littering will be fined

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The Corporation functions under the aegis of the state Tourism Ministry. Pixabay

The Goa Tourism department is giving finishing touches to its anti-litter campaign, which is aimed at deterring tourists from creating nuisance on beaches and public areas, that includes drinking and cooking in public or littering.

Speaking to reporters in Panaji on Friday after chairing a meeting of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s Board, the chairman Dayanand Sopte said, that the department is in the process of finalising the government agency for levying of fines on errant tourists. The Corporation functions under the aegis of the state Tourism Ministry.

“Those who are destroying the beauty of Goa by sitting with a beer on a beach and drinking openly or cooking with a cylinder or littering will be fined. We are in the process of finalising the agency which will impose the fine,” Sopte, a BJP MLA said.

In January this year, the state legislative assembly passed amendments to the Goa Tourist Place (Protection and Maintenance) Act, 2001, which prohibits drinking alcohol, cooking in public places, including beaches and breaking of glass bottles in public.

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Speaking to reporters in Panaji on Friday after chairing a meeting of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s Board, the chairman Dayanand Sopte said, that the department is in the process of finalising the government agency for levying of fines on errant tourists. Pixabay

Individual offenders from now will be fined Rs. 2,000 for the offences, according to the amendment. If the offences are committed by a group of people, the fine has been hiked to Rs. 10,000.

The crackdown comes amid demands from travel and tourism industry stakeholders who had blamed the Tourism ministry, for a drop in quantity as well as quality of tourists visiting the state in recent times.

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Goa is one of the top beach tourism destinations in the country and attracted nearly eight million tourists last year. (IANS)