Sri Lanka Consul General pays courtesy call on Goa Governor | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka Consul General pays courtesy call on Goa Governor

Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai, Chamari Rodrigo paid a courtesy call on the Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha at the Raj Bhavan, the latter’s official residence in Goa recently.

The courtesy call was followed by the Consul General’s meetings with Chief Secretary of Goa, Parimal Rai and Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism Sheo Pratap Singh on January 4, to initiate a collaboration between Sri Lanka and Goa in the Tourism sector.

Tourism is the primary industry of Goa and around seven million tourists visited Goa in 2018. An Indian cruise liner commenced its operation between Mumbai and Goa in October 2018 on a daily basis due to high demand from the domestic tourists to Goa.

Developing cruise tourism is one of the key areas of Sri Lanka tourism withthe increasing number of cruise liners to the Colombo Port, which recorded 53 passenger vessels and over 72,500 onboard passengers to Colombo in 2018.

The Consul General’s discussions with the officials of the Government of Goa centered on the possibility of having joint tourism cooperation between Goa and Sri Lanka via cruise tourism. The Consul General also met the Secretary of the Travel and Tour Operators’ Association in Goa and the Chief of Protocol of the Government of Goa during her visit.