1)What do you think are the changes that have happened in Goa in the last four years and what do you see in the future of Goa in the next four years?
One Landmark change in the last four years has been Government headed by Hon. Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar taking over from the erstwhile Congress Government. Needless to say, all Goans are looking forward to some innovative Marketing promotions and Tax concessions to benefit tourism industry; as overall almost 60% of the Goans are presently affected by the tourism industry directly or indirectly.
This looks even more feasible now with the new Government at the Centre and we can foresee great opportunities for development of our state, with our own member of Parliament Mr. Shripad Naik being given independent charge as Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Government of India.
2) What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s advantage?
Change in guard at the Centre, has also boosted Goa’s chances of getting the ban lifted on mining, have better industrial climate, more funds flowing in for infrastructure development, bringing in Goods & Services Tax (GST) and overall boom for hospitality,healthcare and aviation sectors as well as industries like pharmaceuticals, electronics and information & technology.
3) What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s disadvantage?
The most critical issues working towards Goa’s disadvantage could be listed as under :
The mining ban, devaluation of Rupee against dollar, global meltdown effect on charter tourism with rigid visa policy, airport timings and limitations of usage. Several NGO’s sometimes making non issues into major issues which gives bad press publicity to Goa nationally and internationally.
Neighbouring states like Maharashtra and Karnataka (like Kerala) putting in additional efforts to develop their tourism potential to the maximum to attract part of Goa’s Tourism share.
4) What does Goa need to do over the next four years to be recognized as a Global destination?
We have to take all probable advantages of having a Goan as our Union Minister for Tourism, with a pro-active progressive Government at the Centre under the able leadership of our Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi. Every effort must be made to improve all the prerequisite infrastructure required to boost tourism, aviation and healthcare sectors in Goa. Take care of all the issues which affect Goa as listed in ‘3’ hereinabove.
5) Are the people of Goa its biggest drawback or its biggest strength?
Goans are known worldwide for their rather ‘susegaad’ attitude, but have nonetheless excelled nationally and internationally in the field of art, culture, medicine, entrepreneurship and science. The delectable Goan cuisine and its variety is enjoyed by every traveller visiting Goa from India and abroad. Goans are always credited for being friendly in nature, warm and hospitable. Always willing to go out of the way to help and assist others with genuine concern which differentiates them from rest of the people. This is further enhanced by almost 100% state literacy rates, adding a rare lustre to its Sun, Surf, Sand and a welcoming Smile.