Goa government must map out specific Tourism Zones
GoaChronicle.com in conversation with Param Kannampilly, Chairman & Managing Director, Concept Hospitality Pvt Ltd on the opening of its third hospitality project in Goa: the Fern – Kadamba Hotel & Spa with Goa’s premier real estate company Milroc Developers…
GC: This is your third project in Goa. Is the tourism market in the state positive and progressive for hotel companies?
PK: The tourism potential of Goa has been and will always be promising. It is a unique market that caters to both foreign and domestic tourists in equal measure and awe. Our partners in the projects have understood the dynamism of the tourism market in the state and we are positive that it will continue to be progressive in the years to come especially in the mid-market segment.
GC: As a CMD of a hospitality management company of 50 hotels globally and also global trend-setter with environmentally sensitive hotels, where does the state lack in its approach to tourism?
PK: It is important for the government to understand that the current conflict between protecting the environment, land, livelihood and the need for tourism-related initiatives can only be solved by the government mapping-out specific tourism zones in consultation with the people. Thereafter, making these tourism zones open to investors to build and operate their hotels and tourism initiatives. In such an eco-system the people, investors and government are all on the same page and concurrence, therefore no reason for a conflict. Today, the problem is arising because the people, investors and government are not on the same page on issues of tourism-related development and environmental issues.
GC: You have been known to be a trend-setter in concepts-related to tourism accommodation. What according to you could the Goa government look at as a tourism-accommodation related initiative in the future?
PK: I personally feel that Goa has a huge potential for the home-stay market. The government must make a new legal framework or make minor changes existing framework to accommodate the home-stay concept in a legitimate manner. Goa is home to many wonderful Old Portuguese houses and apartments that can become a revenue stream for the locals with an easy operation model coupled with new age technology. This will be able to generate a considerable room-inventory for the growing tourism market. It has a huge potential for the budget family traveler which has seen a considerable rise in the state over the last several years.