Gorgeous beaches, a mesmerizing sea, and a spiritual sanctuary, Goa has it all. The uninterrupted string of golden, sunny beaches, where yoga reigns supreme, and no shortage of adventurous activities, there’s no place quite like Goa.
While Goa is well-known for its party culture, it is equally popular among business executives. Goa is listed among the top ten MICE destinations in the world. MICE stands for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions, and is a type of tourism in which large groups are brought together for a purpose, mostly professional.
Goa is considered an amazing destination for business events as this former Portuguese colony is an amalgamation of the cultures of the East and the West. It is a place where Christmas is celebrated with the same amount of pomp and excitement as Diwali is. Portuguese chorizos are served side-by-side with local dishes like spicy fish curry and rice.
One of the best examples of the city’s merging of cultures can be seen in their architecture. The detailed churches, intricate forts, decorated temples, colonized houses and wildlife sanctuaries showcase the mix of cultures, and make for great sightseeing marvels for the visitors and tourists.
Goa’s proximity to Mumbai is an added advantage. It is only an hour’s flight away from Mumbai, India’s commercial capital. Via train, the journey takes around six hours and by bus, around 10 hours.
Most business hotels in Goa have special amenities for business clients. Unlike other resorts in Goa, the business hotels are equipped to handle all kinds of MICE events. These amenities include air-conditioned meeting rooms, conference halls, banquet halls and several lawns. Some hotels also offer packages for corporate retreats or work parties. There are exceptional in-house dining facilities that offer a variety of local delicacies and global cuisines.
A great time to plan an event in Goa is around the annual carnival, which is held in February. It’s colourful, it’s happy, it’s loud and it’s a celebration of everything Goans love about their hometown. A unique part of Indian culture, it is a memorable experience. There is a staging of short plays and street events that depict the ancient culture and traditions of Goa, along with music, dance, and entertainment of all kinds.
Another thing that appeals to executives is the nightlife of Goa. ‘Work hard, play hard’ can actually be achieved to its fullest here. The city has pubs, casinos, bars, and nightclubs which are open all night long. It is also a gastronomic paradise for food-lovers, with its aromatic scents and spices which surprises even seasoned travellers. Seaside shacks, laid-back restaurants, and cozy cafes are open to all.
Public transportation is easily available in Goa. There are around eight railway stations in Goa, as the city is very well-connected by train. There are also a number of bus services available, like KTCL and MSRTC. There are taxis and rental cars available as well.
Goa is a place that offers a perfect blend of international sophistication and warm versatility. Plan your next business retreat in Goa for an unforgettable experience.