‘Riding the next wave of green practices’ is the topic

The Tourism Cell of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on Friday lauded the State government for taking steps to drive the tourism sector for a major growth in view of the ban on mining.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the proposed conference of CII in Goa on “Riding the next wave of green practices” to be held at Miramar on January 19, Ralph de Souza of CII, Goa, said definitely there was a start by the State government on three counts — beach management, promotion of tourism within the country as well as abroad, and the garbage issue. In the area of perennially problematic garbage issue, the government had done a lot of spade work.

Mr. de Souza, a former president of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, said that there had been a good interface between the private sector tourism and the State government with joint meetings being held to chalk-out plans and implementation of infrastructure projects.

He said that tourism this season started late on account of the delayed monsoon and delayed arrival of chartered flights.

Nevertheless, “January is looking good,” Mr. de Souza said. He said that occupancies and revenues were down in October-November, they were steady in December and the scene was positive in January.

He declined to respond directly to the statements by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ahead of the New Year celebrations that tourist arrivals in Goa were up by 20 per cent for December-January compared to the period last year.