Sydney: The father of Julia Gillard, who became Australia`s first female prime minister on Thursday, said he was elated but he had not anticipated "anything like this" in his wildest dreams.
John Gillard told reporters at his Adelaide home on Thursday that he was "elated, excited, mindful of the enormous job ahead of binding the party together".
Julia Gillard became prime minister when incumbent Kevin Rudd stood aside in her favour. After Rudd conceded that numbers were against him, a secret ballot of the Labor Party members of Parliament was not needed.
"In our wildest dreams, we would not have anticipated anything like this," said John Gillard.
Australian news agency AAP quoted the senior Gillard as saying that his daughter was always destined to be a high achiever. He described her as a "formidable person, highly intellectual".
"Julia, in whatever endeavour, would have risen to the top I think, or certainly to a strong position. Julia is unique, hard working, passionate, driven by noble ideals, wants to do good things for the country."
Panaji: Goa`s crowded beaches wear a largely deserted look during the monsoon, a scene which the state government intends to change by promoting `raindrop tourism`.
Swimming is banned on beaches after the south west monsoon hits the state. But the June-September period is also the time for a different experience with giant sea waves
hitting the shores, cool breeze welcoming tourists and numerous streams sprouting amidst lush green landscape.
The Tourism Department is set to sell the concept of raindrop tourism, especially to travellers from West Asia, where rains are sparse.
For this authorities are streamlining the promotional campaign. "We lack integrated campaign. Our promotional campaigns are distributed amongst multiple agencies. Other
states have a single agency doing the job," Swapnil Naik, Director, Goa Tourism, told reporters.
Official figure state that of the total tourist inflow, around 10 per cent are received during monsoons.
The coastal state is facing tough competition from Kerala, which has branded itself as God`s Own Country and aggressively promotes backwater tourism concept. Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), which has 13 properties, has introduced discount offers under themes like `monsoon glee` and `monsoon honeymoon` at its resorts and hotels to attract holiday-makers during the off season.