Panjim,24 September: Days ahead of World Tourism Day, Hon’ble Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Mr. Nilesh Cabral impressed on Botany students of Goa University to cultivate greater knowledge of Goa’s rich and vast bio-diversity and to be part of tourism sustainability for the growth and betterment of tourism in Goa.
Mr. Cabral, recently interacting with Botany (eco-tourism) students at the GU said, “Goa’s forestry is higher than the national average with bio-diversity sites which are the most beautiful. Today visitors from urban India including foreign tourists throng to Goa to explore and experience this unique facet and you as young students can utilize this avenue to further your prospects in the tourism sector.”
Emphasizing on the theme of Sustainable Tourism: a tool for development, Mr. Cabral detailed the various goals enlisted by United National General Assembly, which he said would need to be achieved by putting one’s whole self into it and taking on the challenges with a vision.”
The GTDC Chairman explained to the young audience the challenges faced by the tourism corporation while adding new avenues for developing tourism adventure activities. He said, “The journey is tough but if you work with your conscience and mind no obstacle is difficult to overcome.”
He explained to the young Botany students the various employment opportunities that their subject has to offer in the tourism sector, especially eco-tourism and hinterland tourism.
He also impressed on the students to be creative, ideate on new tourism projects revolving around sustainability and to be enterprising and self employed in different ways.
He said that the Goa Tourism Development Corporation is looking for innovation and has also associated with young entrepreneurs in several tourism activities.
During the two hour interaction session at Goa University, Mr. Cabral responded to various queries from the Botany students and further encouraged them to pursue careers in tourism as a tool for sustainability and developing the future of tourism as an industry in Goa.
the entire session was co-ordinated by Dr. Nandakumar Kamat.