Panaji: The ‘Spirit of Goa’ festival organised by Goa Tourism department was inaugurated on Friday at Colva beach showcasing variety of products, cuisines, beverages and handicrafts.
Union Minister Shripad Naik, State Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte and others were present on the occasion.
Khaunte said that the festival has returned to Colva after a decade. He said that the apprehensions were raised whether government was creating disparity between North and South Goa.
The tourism minister said that the State government is giving equal importance to both the districts.
“We have started nautical tourism in Vasco (South Goa),” he said adding that people of South Goa should also feel that they are as important as North.
Khaunte said that the post-covid scenario, the tourists want to experience something more and see something more.
“We want to ensure that we are creating proper tourism verticals promoting wellness, heritage and spiritual tourism,” he said.
The three-day event which started at Colva beach in South Goa will showcase a variety of products, cuisines, beverages and handicrafts made from coconut and cashew fruits, including home grown spirits like feni and urak.