Panaji, The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Goa organised a seminar on nautical tourism at Cidade de Goa, Dona Paula, near the city on Saturday.The theme was to try and bring all the stakeholders together for developing the coastal and nautical tourism industry.
During the inaugural session, RAdm Shekhar Mital, Chairman, CII Goa State Council and CMD, Goa Shipyard Ltd, proposed to explore Goa’s available resources and make Goa a destination for nautical tourism.
Kirit Maganlal, Past Chairman, CII Goa State Office and Director and Chief Executive, Magsons Network Pvt Ltd, while setting the theme for the seminar highlighted as to how Goa could become a force in nautical tourism.
The seminar covered the environment concerns in Goa, the framework to developing nautical tourism and develop the way forward.
Sheo Pratap Singh, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Goa, stated that there had been growth in Goa’s tourism activities over the years and also increase in environmental related challenges which needed attention.
Capt Premala Sirsaikar, Deputy Captain of Ports, Captain of Ports, Goa, said the department was ready and always available to support the industry in the best way it could and he also welcomed suggestions on issues related to registration of the boats from the industry.
Throughout the sessions, the stakeholders from Goa and outside Goa deliberated on the ways to develop nautical tourism in Goa. They discussed the factors like development of infrastructure, and the issues that had been addressed or faced by the persons engaged in nautical tourism activities and all stakeholders.
There was also session on yacht sailing wherein they also discussed about how to develop sailing as a sport in Goa and the need to create awareness in schools and introduce sailing in school curriculum so as to create interest in students on this unique leisure activity.