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Published on : Thursday, July 20, 2017
Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar, tourism minister of Goa legislative assembly in a message on Tuesday said that a ‘village stay’ plan has been proposed by the tourism master plan under ‘Culture and heritage programmes’.
The fundamentals accepted for endorsing village stays would include recognition of village clusters in terms of its ” authentic features, with emphasis on maintenance of Goan tradition and culture “, Azgaonkar said in reply to a question tabled by Congress Cuncolim MLA Clafacio Dias. To quote the Minister, “The aim is to seek innovative means of financing, such as private participation, corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of companies, crowd funding”.
He additionally added by saying that the purpose is also to assist hotel chains and various multinational companies to build up model tourist villages. To quote Azgaonkar, “Minimum quality standards would be identified for a village interested to be part of the village circuit and get promoted.”
Mentioning about the rank of the tourism master plan which is under scrutiny, Azgaonkar said, the government till now has accepted three modules as part of the development of the tourism master plan. Currently, the consultant has presented the draft module IV, a tourism policy document, which is being reviewed by the evaluation committee.
The tourism minister further expressed that village walks or homestays are put forward to be marketed and endorsed through the website, mobile applications, key physical point programs, press, publicity and programmatic marketing, customer intelligence/campaigns and integration into a smart tourism destination.