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Tourism Minister says ‘No Trip to Spain’

It appears that the Goa tourism ministry has cancelled its Rs.4 crore junket to Spain which was avowedly aimed at promoting religious tourism, though the Goa Tourism Minister claims that there was so such proposal put up to or by the Tourism Department.

The junket, comprising tourism ministry officials and legislators, among others, was scheduled to take off next month in order to promote the feast of Francis Xavier, a Spanish Saint who brought both Christianity and the Inquisition to Goa.

In a reply to a question tabled Tuesday during the ongoing Monsoon session of the state legislative assembly, tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said there was no proposal for a trip to Spain for promotion of religious tourism.

The St Francis Xavier feast is celebrated every year Dec 3, with nearly a million believers paying a visit, some even walking hundreds of kilometres to the Church complex in Old Goa.

Catholics account for nearly 30 per cent of the state’s population of 1.4 million.

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