The AAI has finally woken up to this realization .
For long, tourists arriving at Goa were often baffled at the character, or the lack of it, of Goa’s lone airport. Despite being a globally recognized destination, the arrival and departure facilities at Goa International airport fail to reflect the state’s ethos. This could well change now as Goa airport officials make earnest efforts to impress at the 2016 BRICS international summit.
BRICS is an association of five major emerging national economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and the eighth annual BRICS summit is scheduled to be held in Goa on October 15 and 16.
Airports Authorities of India (AAI) officials have written to the Goa tourism department seeking their help to depict Goa’s natural beauty and culture through murals and art.
“We have written to the department to see how Goa can be depicted in the airport lounge, but have not received any response so far. Since we don’t have much space we can’t do much, but efforts are on to make the airport greener,” said airport director B C H Negi .
The airport director also informed STOI that in order to make the immigration process smoother for visiting delegates, Goa airport intends to add 20 additional immigration counters at the airport.
Plans to spruce up the premises are afoot to ensure that the airport sports a vibrant look before the BRICS summit which is an opportunity to showcase Goa to the world. The airport administration has already begun work to introduce some shrubs and greenery in the front facade of the premise.