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Goa bats for comprehensive roadmap on nautical tourism

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Goa has said that the state needs a comprehensive roadmap focusing on infrastructure creation, skill development, employment generation and standardisation in nautical tourism.

CII-Goa, in a report submitted to the outgoing government, said that the state also needs sustainable environment policies to govern nautical tourism.

The CII-Goa panel on tourism listed a set of recommendations that could help diversify its tourism and harness the revenue and employment potential of nautical tourism.

Hemant Arondekar, Convener, CII’s panel on tourism briefed Tourism Secretary J Ashok Kumar who agreed with the panel’s recommendations.

“The report presented various recommendations which CII-Goa aims to pursue with the state and the Centre so that the sunrise sector of nautical tourism can truly transform Goa’s tourism sector,” said Arondekar.

Goa needs a boat docking facility with some basic infrastructure for refuelling, minor repairs and replenishment of supplies to benefit the yacht owners and operators,” said Arondekar.

CII-Goa pointed out that most pleasure-boats and yachts currently operate from floating jetties which are small and can be unsafe. “Goa has a wide scope of maritime tourism activities ranging from traditional fishing to international cruise vessels. Given that inland waterways is a state subject, the Centre and the Goa government need to adopt uniform rules and regulations that make it simpler to operate pleasure boats,” he said

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