India Travel Mart 2017 held in Goa

DSC_0022  Goa’s biggest international travel exhibition – the India Travel Mart 2017 kicked off in Goa on 17th March and was held at the Convention Center, Mala, Panjim.

A large number of tour organizers, travel agents, and tour operators from different parts of Goa and nearby states were invited for the B2B sessions held at the exhibition.

The tourism stalls awarded at ITM GOA – India Travel Mart were Gujarat Tourism Stall for Best Stall Award for promoting Most Picturesque Destination; Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Stall for Best Stall Award for promoting ‘All Seasons Destination’; Rajasthan Tourism Stall for Best Award for display of Promotional Literature and Publicity Material; Karnataka Tourism Stall for Best Award for Display and Decorative Stall; Himachal Tourism Stall for Best Award for ‘Best Decorative Stall’; Jharkhand Tourism Stall for Best Stall Award for Promoting Rural and Pilgrimage Tourism; Delhi Tourism for Best Stall Award for promoting MICE and Convention Destination.

DSC_0215With a record-breaking number of visitors, one of the top travel exhibitions in the world and India’s prominent international Travel &Tourism Marts chain, India Travel Mart (ITM) held in Panaji (Goa), provided effective and efficient way for destinations to build awareness amongst the local tourism trade and consumers. The continued success of the event over the last few years reflects the growing demand for travel services in India and the spending power of domestic and outbound travellers.

The event being organized by ICM Group brings this travel and tourism exhibition to Goa to enable the city inhabitants and people to choose packages for holidays, business trips, family vacations, honeymoon destinations, and adventure spots and eco-tourism places


Symposium on Housing held by Indian Institute of Architects

Symposium on Housing held by Indian Institute of ArchitectsAs part of centenary year celebrations, The Indian Institute of Architects (Goa Chapter) has taken up several initiatives on issues related to building industry in the field of planning and architecture. A Symposium on Housing was one of the significant events held that has dominated the skyline of Goa.

During the event, different prevailing building typologies in Goa were reviewed and analyzed – heritage precincts,  housing for urban poor as part of affordable social housing needs, traditional Goan village hamlets both along coastal and hinterlands areas which have contributed in a long way in influencing architecture and growth pattern trends in Goa.

Milind Ramani moderated a panel discussion on current typologies and planning strategies for Housing in Goa with panelists CREDAI President Dr. Desh Prabhudesai, Nilesh D Salkar, Swapnil Valvatkar and IIA Goa Chapter Chairman Manguesh R Prabhugaonker. The findings and interventions highlighted various issues of social and affordable housing and current scenarios and demands of the housing industry in Goa with appropriate planning and architecture with collaborative agreements with all the stakeholders of the industry. Goa Housing Policy was the Objective of IIA Goa Chapter.

Guest Lecture by Swapnil Valvatkar Principal Architect – Collage Architecture Studio made a presentation on emerging trends in Housing Typologies at ESG, Panaji Goa. IIA Goa Chapter in its initiative to work out a comparative between current and traditional practices with emerging trends in housing industry.

Technical workshops were also held on patterns of housing typologies and its analysis with focus on gated communities, settlements along urban streetscapes, social housing, housing for urban poor, critical evaluation of mixed land uses, density index, socio cultural issues vis a vis communities, incremental aspects, evolution and transformation of built forms, with respect to architectural identity and character of Goa, environmental concerns related to ecology and sustainability, futuristic trends, regulations and its amendments, infrastructural and mobility networks and the challenges of post construction transformations in housing


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