Panaji, Aug 15 (IANS) The coastal state of Goa has been given the opportunity to host the BRICS summit in October this year ahead of other states because of its high hospitality standards, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Monday.
Parsekar said, “The Prime Minister gave Goa an opportunity to host the BRICS summit over all other Indian states because of Goa’s fame. He chose Goa because when BRICS heads arrive in Goa they should get good hospitality and a good impression about India.”
The BRICS summit will be held in Goa in mid-October. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Goa last week to review preparations for the meet, which is expected to be attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Parsekar also said that Goa should capitalise on the state’s tourism potential.
“Goans need to be aware of the state’s tourism potential. All of us should take advantage of this,” Parsekar said.
Goa, famous for its beaches and nightlife, attracts four million tourists annually, half of them are foreigners.