Start planning before tourism declines

Published on : Monday, November 6, 2017

1979_Full-Moon-morning-Anjuna-Goa-1979_Jacques-LastryBAt present, Goa is in the process of consolidation stage of tourism and will soon fall into the stagnation stage, as explained by the experts at the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management’s (IITTM) conference on ‘Sustaining Tourist Destinations’, organized at International Centre Goa, Dona Paula.

 
While talking to TOI, experts from India and foreign countries proposed policies in terms of rejuvenation, owing to Goa’s possibility for the revival of tourism.

 
To quote S P Bansal, nominated member of the board of governors, IITTM, “Goa’s tourism sector is currently at the consolidation stage after which there will come a stage of stagnation. Strategies of rejuvenation must be applied the moment tourism reaches this stage.” He further added that there is lot of scope in regards to heritage, health and medical tourism in Goa.

 
“Goa is an exceptional destination in India because it has the unique feature of Portuguese culture and architecture. Heritage tourism must be taken seriously. The tourism industry also needs to have a tie-up with hospitals in Goa or have a panchakarma unit which will cater to health and medical tourism,” he said.

 
Syed Rashidul Hasan, the previous faculty at the department of tourism and hospitality management, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, explained that Goa’s ‘unique selling tourism offer’ needs to be identified.

 
“Goa has a successful model of tourism because of the cordial guest-host relations and it is safe place for women. Culturally and architecturally, the Portuguese influence makes Goa stand out compared to other Indian states – this area can be further explored. Since Thailand has become Goa’s strong competitor in terms of beaches and watersports, Goa needs to improve its infrastructure to enhance the tourism industry,” Hasan said.

 
Nevertheless, growth and expansion should not be overdone, opined John Tribe, professor of tourism, University of Surrey, UK.

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