Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world-heritage architecture, Goa not only hosts numerous events, it is an ideal post-stay destination, before heading home. Cultures of the east and west blend gloriously in Goa; here, in this former Portuguese colony, Christmas is celebrated with the same zest as are Indian festivals, and a local dish of spicy fish curry and rice is eaten side-by-side with chouricos (Portuguese sausages). Goa event venues show a similar blend of accommodation.
A 40-minute flight away from India's commercial capital Mumbai to Dabolim Airport, Goa also attracts the highest charter traffic in the country.
While Goa is in the process for planning a brand-new convention center to seat around 5,000, the present International Centre Goa has three halls. However, hotel venues in Goa like the beachside Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, with 9,149 square feet of refurbished event space and a 4,176-square-foot Grand Ballroom. In addition, the Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, which is built into the ramparts of a 16th-century Portuguese fortress, has more than 19,000 square feet of space available for corporate retreats, brand launches or vivacious parties; banqueting space comprising five types of venues; the 2,400-square-foot Aguada Ballroom; 10,000 square feet in the Bay View Point, which can accommodate 1,200 guests for a cocktail dinner; and more.
The charm of Goa does not end when the sun goes down; beach parties, casinos, bars, pubs, discotheques, nightclubs are aplenty.
A great time to plan an event would be around the annual Goa Carnival held mid February, revelry for which begins in December. Other than music, dance and other entertainment, the carnival also features short plays depicting the tradition and culture of Goa. Other sightseeing options include intricate churches, forts, elegant palaces, colonial houses, wildlife sanctuaries, temples, and a visit to the local market to get a flavor of Goan everyday life.
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