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Goa Tourism launches India’s First Electric Vehicle Tourism Initiative

This initiative by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation is a significant step towards achieving sustainable tourism and giving all tourists a new medium to explore and experience the state in an eco-friendly manner.

The Minister for Tourism of Goa, Manohar Ajgaonkar, and the Chairman of GTDC, Dayanand Sopte, launched India’s first electric vehicle tourism initiative at the recently held Paryatan Bhavan, Panjim. Present at the event, were Board of Directors of GTDC, officials from the Department of Tourism & GTDC and other dignitaries.

The ‘Electric Vehicle’ (EV) tourism initiative of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation is a significant step towards sustainable tourism giving tourists an all new medium to explore and experience Goa in an eco-friendly and trendy style.

Manohar Azgaonkar said, “We are proud to announce the launch of India’s first Electric Vehicle tour initiative, B: Live with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd. Sustainable tourism is the core of our efforts and we are happy to take the lead in creating the EV ecosystem in India, setting an example for the others. We encourage and support technologies and enterprises which bring about a positive environmental change. Goa spearheads several ecotourism initiatives in the country and our association with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd. is another step towards achieving our sustainability goals.”

Dayanand Sopte, Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation Limited (GTDC) said, “We are glad to partner with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd to launch India’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) tourism initiative, B: Live. Understanding the risks of vehicle emissions and their contribution to air pollution in Goa, the introduction of EV tourism will help reduce our carbon footprint. It’s a revolutionary initiative that provides a clean mode of commute while offering an immersive travel experience. It will help empower our local communities and create a greener tomorrow for everyone around us.”

Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd is the pioneer of ‘Electric Vehicle Tourism’ in India and has partnered with GTDC to build the country’s first EV Tourism ecosystem. B: Live, offers the joy of effortless riding on E-bikes while exploring the local culture, history and heritage of Goa.

“We are grateful for the support offered by GTDC to launch B: Live. Pollution and congestion caused by tourist vehicles have been a concern in Goa and there is a need to introduce sustainable tourism practices which are easy to emulate. Through B: Live, we aim to encourage people to adopt a cleaner way of commute while helping them discover authentic local experiences. Each experiential tour offered by B: Live engages the local communities and allows tourists to soak in the milieu of authentic Goan culture,” said Samarth Kholkar, CEO & Co-Founder, Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd.

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