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Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar to be honoured with PATWA award IN 2015

PATWA award  

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar has been awarded with the PATWA – Safari India South Asia Travel Award for the year 2015. Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) is an affiliate of United Nations WTO. Parulekar is the first tourism minister of Goa to receive this prestigious award.

Safari India is a prestigious regional tourism magazine covering India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and South East Asia. It covers a wide range of topics on tourism, aviation, travel agents, hotels, travel trade conferences, wildlife and environment.


  • Goa is the smallest state in India.
  • Goa is the only place where one can hire a two wheeler taxi called “pilots”.
  • Goa is the first state in India to permanently host the international film festival.
  • Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city.
  • On 19 December 1961, the Indian Army began military operations with Operation Vijay resulting in the annexation of Goa, Daman, and Diu into the Indian union.
  • On 30 May 1987, the union territory was split, and Goa was made India’s twenty-fifth state.