GCCI wants Goa to explore highway tourism concept to woo tourists

 Wednesday, March 22, 2023 


The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) believes that Goa needs to explore the concept of highway tourism and highway markets to attract travellers. This comes at a time when the Centre is investing heavily in improving road connectivity and the network of national highways, the Times News Network reported.

The GCCI requested that the state government provide additional tourism opportunities along roads for motorists and travellers transiting through Goa or stopping for brief stays on their route.

“These highways cut through the talukas of Pernem, Bardez, Ponda, Salcete and Canacona, which have many temples, churches and historic locations, hence it will increase religious and spiritual tourists footfalls,” GCCI president Ralph de Sousa wrote in the recommendations to the state government ahead of the budget.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) is investing Rs 2,228 crore on national highway projects in Goa, including the building of a six-lane highway on stilts at Porvorim, a four-lane highway expansion from Navelim to Cuncolim, and another four-lane bypass to Polem in Canacona.

The long-awaited four-lane Mumbai-Goa highway project is expected to be finished by 2024, encouraging more people to travel to Goa and beyond.

According to the GCCI, the state needs to build wholesale and retail trade facilities, spas, adventure activities, hotels, warehouses, and cold storage facilities along motorways.

“The tourists halting for rest will be making purchases of goods and services at the highway markets. New recreational and hotel investment projects are in pipeline for the state, which will benefit from this phenomena of highway tourism,” it said. The logistics committee of the GCCI provided the suggestions.

According to the GCCI, there is enormous potential for “mini trade development centres” beside motorways that include parking, truck terminals, shared cold storage, packaging and warehousing centres, courier services, and cafes.

“Farmers will also be able to sell their produce in such designated locations instead of sitting on the roadsides as can be seen currently,” the GCCI said.

According to the GCCI, private woods near roads can be used for eco-friendly, natural tourism, and adventure activities.

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