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Goa wins Best Beach Destination gong

Goa wins Best Beach Destination gong
15 Mar 2013

Goa has reaffirmed its status as a top destination by scooping the prestigious Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) award for the Best Beach Destination at the ITB Berlin tourism convention.

The Indian coastal state was given the gong in recognition of its work to improve its safety and attractiveness, with PATWA praising the implementation of tourist police, regulation of beach shacks and the addition of new beach infrastructure.

Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar, who accepted the award, said that it cemented Goa's status as one of the world's finest destinations and hoped it would lead to more people visiting its beaches.

Among its finest strips of sand is Palolem in the south of the state, which is famed for its magnificent sunsets.

Palolem also features in the hit movie 'The Bourne Supremacy' starring Matt Damon. His character Jason Bourne lives in a beachside shack there with his girlfriend.

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