Panjim, September 12: The Department of Tourism, Government of Goa , has invited tourism related stakeholders to participate in consultative sessions on the interim document of the Tourism Master Plan and Policy which are scheduled to be held on September 15 and 16, 2016.
In addition, the Department of Tourism has also extended the date to September 19, 2016 for written submission of views and suggestions on the interim Tourism Master Plan document which are available on the Department of Tourism’s website http://www.goatourism.gov.in/images/goa_tmp_module3.pdf.
This is an exercise initiated by the Department of Tourism which is in the process of formulating its Tourism Vision Document. The interim documents in three modules have been uploaded on its website and views and suggestions invited from the general public and tourism related stakeholders.
After an encouraging response, the Department of Tourism has stepped into the next phase of holding interactive/consultative sessions.
Session 1 of the continued consultation process will be held on September 15, 2016 from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm in the main hall at the Miramar Residency, Miramar.
For this session, the Department has invited participation from one representative each from the facility providing tourism accommodation in Goa (examples: including but not limited to A category hotels, B category hotels, C category hotels, D category hotels, Heritage category hotels, Wellness resorts, Eco-tourism accommodations, Home stays, Bed & Breakfasts, Houseboats and Guesthouses), and one representative each from tourist trade establishments conducting or providing services related to activities for tourists (examples: including but not limited to spice farms, water sports, land based adventure sports, hiking, wellness/ spa, river cruises, yachting, night life facilities and night market), and tourism asset operators(examples including but not limited Museum operators, representatives from places of religious importance, historic monuments and heritage assets).
Session 2 will be held on September 16, 2016 from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm in the main hall at Miramar Residency, Miramar.
For this session, the Department of Tourism has requested participation of one representative each from Food & Beverage facilities (examples: including but not limited to Restaurants, Shacks, Pubs/ Bars, tourist canteens and tourism caterers), one representative each from tourism transportation providers (examples: including but not limited to taxi operators, rent-a-car operators, interstate bus service providers and bus tour operators), environmental groups associated with tourism (examples: including but not limited to wild life protection groups, environment protection groups and groups promoting sustainable forms/ methods of tourism), and one representative each from all other respective tourism trade organizations in Goa.
The Goa Tourism Master Plan and Tourism Policy is being prepared with the objective to provide direction and guidance for sustainable development of tourism in Goa over the short term ( 5 years), medium term (15 years) and long-term (25 years).