Goa charts future with tourism roadmap

GOA TOURISM will roll out a new tourism master plan within the next eight months to plot the course of the state’s tourism development in the coming decades.

Speaking to TTG Asia e-Daily, Nikhil Desai, director of tourism, Government of Goa, said: “The Goa government has begun the task of formulating a tourism master plan and state tourism policy for the next 40-50 years to dictate how tourism should develop, what should come where. The master plan will look into what kind of infrastructure and new tourism products are required.

“Once the master plan and policy are formulated, we will create an investment policy for tourism in Goa and encourage new tourism products.”

Goa Tourism has already floated a global tender inviting bids for the drafting of the tourism master plan, which will close by the end of the month.

Desai said an area of focus was developing Goa as a MICE destination, and that the government was looking to build a world-class convention and expo centre. Other plans include developing family theme parks and top-notch golf courses, one in the north and another in the south.

“The golf course in the north is already being promoted by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. We expect investors for the south project soon,” he added.

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