Ricardo De Souza – Managing Director, Tito’s Clubs

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?

In the last four years we have seen a recession worldwide, yet Goa has managed to buck the trend. However, we have seen no major infrastructure or policy changes and these need to be thought of in the next few years. I see Goa consolidating its place as the hub of Indian entertainment in the next four years.

I see more music festivals, Weddings, relaxation of coastal zoning rules and construction of world class hotels and more family based entertainment slowly developing. In hope to see land set aside for educational institutions, convention and conference centers, parks and golf courses. However if this doesn’t happen then I see more Goans migrating on Portuguese passports or leaving to work abroad and selling off their ancestral lands.

2- What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s advantage?

Most critical things which are in Goa s advantage are the fact we have a highly educated and talented workforce, not communal minded, high standard of living, civic minded, and have ease of access to political decision makers.

3- What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s disadvantage?

Disadvantages are lack of infrastructure. We need to equate the fact that bad infra leads to suffering and potential death. Implementation of one way roads worldwide has shows a decrease in death rates by 90%. This means 300 Goan families would have their loved ones alive every year. It is like massacring 300 people every year yet we have some people refusing to cut trees in the middle of roads when we could replant a 100 trees to everyone cut. Same logic applies to religious structures, animals on the road, driving capabilities, hospitals where one could go in for a broken foot and exit with malaria or dengue. We also need to modernize crazy rules that turn good people into criminals. Make the rules logical and liberal and this will weed out corruption. Also minimize contact with government bureaucrats and officials and let everything go online with set response times which if not adhered too should then make all applications deemed granted. Make more official documents available online too.

4- What does Goa need to do over the next four years to be recognised as a Global destination?

Goa is already a global destination. Living here in London makes me realize the brand value Goa has. To improve, Goa needs to clean up and collect its Garbage and add infrastructure. Infrastructure includes roads, hotels, managed parks and green spaces. Very achievable

5- Are the people of Goa its biggest drawback or its biggest strength?

The people of Goa are certainly its biggest strength. We don’t have some of the world’s best beaches, nor infra. We still have garbage strewn all over. But, the liberal accepting, engaging, kind-heartedness of the average person is what is special.

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