Goa stays ahead in tech race

Nikhil De­sai, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Goa Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (GTDC), be­lieves that Goa Tourism has been con­tribut­ing im­mensely to the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the coun­try’s travel sec­tor.

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For Goa Tourism, the last one year has seen a record-break­ing growth. Agree­ing to this is Nikhil De­sai, who says, “We have wit­nessed a growth of over 17 per cent and the ar­rivals have been touch­ing an all-time high, both from the do­mes­tic as well as in­ter­na­tional sec­tor.” De­sai re­vealed that the state is con­stantly adding sev­eral new prod­ucts to its port­fo­lio of of­fer­ings. “New ad­ven­ture prod­ucts in­clude hot air bal­loon, scuba div­ing and am­phibi­ous ves­sels. Re­cently we have also in­tro­duced a first- of- its- kind tourist taxi app, run by Goa Tourism Board. As Ola or Uber do not ply in Goa, we have de­cided to come up with Goa Miles, an app- based sys­tem in which we don’t charge any­thing from the driver. It is get­ting sta­bilised right now. Dur­ing the cur­rent sea­son, we are very op­ti­mistic that tourists will make full use of it. Apart from that, dou­bledecker hop- on- hop- off bus ser­vices, sky div­ing and a host of other prod­ucts are in the off­ing. New prop­er­ties are be­ing launched in quick suc­ces­sion. The char­ter sea­son also looks good. Now, Goa is also set to get ex­cel­lent cruise lin­ers. This sea­son is look­ing up and we are op­ti­mistic of an­other dou­ble- digit growth in the com­ing year,” he elu­ci­dated.

The first rope­way project is un­der­way un­der Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) mode. Around three to four ho­tels are be­ing de­vel­oped along with the Mopa In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is key for any tourism board to move ahead in the race, says De­sai. “Goa Tourism has been lev­er­ag­ing a lot of dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives. We are one of the most dig­i­tally ad­vanced boards in this coun­try and our ef­forts are un­der­way to make it even bet­ter in the days to come,” he re­vealed.

The state is also work­ing closely with the pri­vate sec­tor. “The first rope­way project is un­der­way un­der Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) mode. Around three to four ho­tels are be­ing de­vel­oped through the pri­vate sec­tor. The Mopa In­ter­na­tional Air­port is go­ing to be one of the big­gest air­ports in the coun­try through PPP. We are also in talks for a large con­ven­tion and film tourism fa­cil­ity be­ing de­vel­oped at Dona Paula on PPP mode. There are plans to de­velop a theme park un­der PPP again. A lot of ini­tia­tives are un­der­way for the same,” De­sai con­cludes.

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