HRAWI commends Goa’s Caravan Tourism Policy
For offering alternate experiences and state tourism boost
The Hotel And Restaurant Association (Western India) - HRAWI has extended its heartfelt appreciation to Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister, Goa and Rohan Khaunte, Tourism Minister, Goa for the visionary launch of the Caravan Tourism Policy. The policy aims to boost tourism in the state's hinterlands by encouraging private operators to develop caravan parks, providing tourists with an opportunity to explore the beauty of Goa beyond its well-trodden paths. HRAWI commends the Goa Government for its foresight in introducing a policy that not only promotes tourism but also addresses the need for affordable accommodations in remote areas where permanent constructions may not be permissible or feasible.
“This innovative policy underscores Goa’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism, positioning it as a trailblazer in the promotion of alternative travel experiences. This initiative not only enhances travel experiences for enthusiasts but also aligns with the broader goal of reducing the environmental impact of traditional tourism. More importantly, it has been created with the objectives of creating job opportunities and promoting development in remote areas. This showcases a forward-thinking approach to tourism that benefits both the industry and the local communities,” said Pradeep Shetty, President, HRAWI.
The Caravan Tourism policy is strategically designed to introduce and regulate caravan tourism, incentivize the tourism industry, create job opportunities for the local population and promote the development of caravans and caravan parks away from congested beaches and traditional tourist chokepoints. To encourage private operators to participate, the policy offers incentives such as reimbursement of capital investment, motor vehicle tax and annual registration fees for the first 50 registered caravans. Eligibility for these incentives requires compliance with minimum standards, ensuring a high-quality experience for travellers.
“We anticipate the policy to have numerous positive outcomes for Goa, including the promotion of sustainable tourism in hinterlands, job creation, economic growth and a reduction in the pressure on popular tourist destinations. It is a win-win, benefitting both the State and tourists. By promoting sustainable tourism and providing unique travel experiences, this initiative will become a model policy for other States to follow. We look forward to witnessing the successful implementation of the Caravan Tourism policy in Goa, and are confident that it will contribute significantly to the State's tourism landscape and serve as a model for responsible tourism practices,” concluded Shetty.
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