What’s Up Goa| February 2017

Arco Iris Homestay strikes Gold at Outlook Traveller ‘Indian Responsible Tourism Awards 2016’

Arco Iris Boutique Homestay, a family-run business operating in Curtorim,made Goa proud as it won the Gold Award in the prestigious category ‘Best-Built Heritage Conservation’

The first edition of the Outlook Traveller Indian Responsible Tourism Awards was held on 19th January 2017 in New Delhi and the award ceremony saw Goa, India’s tourist hotspot, make a big splash!

Arco Iris Boutique Homestay (www.arcoiris.in), a family-run business operating in Curtorim, South Goa, made Goa proud as it won the Gold Award in the prestigious category ‘Best-Built Heritage Conservation.’

Bennita and Ganesh, the couple who own and run this highly acclaimed property, received the national award in the capital last week along with their two teenage daughters, Trusha and Trikaya.

“I definitely thought that winning was out of the question,” says a jubilant Bennita when asked about the experience. “Being nominated was, in itself, an enormous honour, and the fact that we actually won is a sign that we’re heading in the right direction. If anything, this is a win for the whole of Goa. I hope this award encourages more Goans to start restoring old houses and preserve our rich culture.”

The rigorous competition was spread out over five months and received hundreds of entries from all across India in 6 categories. The shortlisted nominees, who were selected by a formidable line-up of judges including international tourism pundit, Professor Harold Goodwin and a thorough and transparent judging process, were then invited to the Responsible Tourism Summit and the awards ceremony that was held on the 19th of January 2017.

Apart from India’s leading hoteliers and industry experts, the star-studded event was also attended by global leaders in Responsible Tourism. Eminent writer Amitav Ghosh was the keynote speaker of the evening and delivered an impassioned speech on the future of our planet.

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