India’s Prime Minister and Heads-of-State of eleven countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, to converge at closing state dinner showcasing the finest of Indian cuisine

Goa, October 15, 2016: Taking international recognition to the next level, The Leela Goa, nestled between the Arabian Sea and River Sal, has been chosen to host the prestigious BRICS-BIMSTEC joint summit on October 15 – 16, 2016, that will witness the convergence of 11 distinguished world leaders, including the summit host, our Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.

The 75-acre exclusive resort, will be hosting the joint summit at the Riverside lawns which overlook the tranquil River Sal and the lofty Betul mountains, and organizing a one-of-a-kind beachside state banquet hosted by the Indian Prime Minister. The resort is also poised to receive the heads-of-state of all seven BRIMSTEC countries as in-house guests during the two-day summit in Goa.

After hectic parleys at the joint summit, the world leaders, including His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, His Excellency Xi Jin Ping, President of China, His Excellency Michel Temer, President of Brazil and His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, will converge for the state banquet in a luxury tent on the vast expanse of the stunning Leela beach. More than 250 dignitaries from around the globe will attend the seven-course curated dinner that will also feature eclectic cultural performances from renowned artists across India.

“We have taken great care to ensure that every detail of the dignitaries visit and stay with us are attended to in a manner that reflects the best of traditional Indian hospitality. Our team of highly talented chefs have been researching and curating the “perfect” seven course meal for several months for this important closing state banquet. Our effort is to showcase India’s rich culinary heritage to our international guests while having all ten national delegations appreciate our regional presentations without compromising on their individual taste preferences – a tall task for our team,” said Shridhar Nair, general manager, The Leela Goa.

For the state banquet, The Leela Goa’s team of talented chefs have thoroughly researched ten national cuisines before compiling a special pan-Indian menu that delicately marries varied tastes with the Indian selection. For example the Shahi Lobster being served for dinner is inspired by the famous dish – Lobster Thermidor – and has a delicate blend of flavours derived from Indian herbs and spices.

Eminent guests staying at The Leela Goa will include her Excellency Ms Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Prime Minister of Myanmar; His Excellency Mr Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka; His Excellency Prayut Chan o cha, Prime Minister of Thailand; Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; His Excellency Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal; His Excellency Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan.

The resorts’ experienced team of butlers, who have previously handled several visits of heads of states, are keenly looking forward to ensuring that the dignitaries feel at home during their stay. Special arrangements have been made for the motorcades of the eleven heads of states, including, over 180 luxury sedans, in addition to the military escort vehicles.

Being chosen as the primary host for BRICS-BRIMSTEC Summit is yet another recognition of The Leela Goa as one of the finest luxury resorts in Asia and India. Recently ranked among the Top 10 luxury resorts in Asia & the Indian sub-continent by the esteemed readers of Conde Nast Traveller – UK, The Leela Goa has further consolidated its position as the preferred venue of choice for events of significance to India and the world.

The resort which underwent a five million dollar refurbishment a few years ago is a striking confluence of Portuguese and Indian design. As a preferred meetings and events destination, it offers stays that are truly in nature’s lap and showcase endless acres of plumeria gardens, lotus ponds, bamboo plantations, mangrove coves, apart from the majestically flowing River Sal and the balmy Arabian Sea; luxurious accommodations, state-of-the-art conference and meeting rooms, world-class dining and entertainment, an executive golf course, international water sports and one of Goa’s finest beaches.

Its fine dining concepts include a new pavilion restaurant called The Restaurant with live kitchens and Jamavar, The Leela’s signature fine dining Indian restaurant. Guests can also enjoy local fresh seafood at Susegado, the beachfront grill restaurant, fine dining at the Riverside, the Italian restaurant on the banks of the river Sal, sparkling cocktails and snacks at the Pool Bar and refreshments and appetizers at the Yali Lounge.

Corporate Comm India (CCI Newswire)

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