Goa has had fewer arrivals of foreign tourists in the past year. Being one of Goa’s main industries, it is an apt time to bring together leading policy makers and stakeholders in the field to discuss ideas of how Goa can be made a leading destination for international travelers. Goa is blessed with natural beauty and visitors throng to enjoy the beaches. However, Goa does not have a lot of man-made attractions and public art installations. On the other hand, Goa has suffered the consequences of a large influx of visitors every year, leading to increased garbage, sewage treatment, traffic and ecological considerations. What can we do to create a more prosperous yet sustainable tourism economy?
Vijai Sardesai is an independent MLA from Fatorda,Goa. He is in the spotlight because of his unique position as ‘the’ independent opposition in the house. He is seen as the only man raising the voice of the “Goemkars”. He is a grass root level youth leader and social worker who believes in progressive, positive and pragmatic new-generation politics. People have expectations from him because he is seen as the only outspoken opposition legislator who has made a mark for studious, intelligent and fearless debate on contentious issues.
Francisco de Braganca
President of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, a lawyer by profession and Director of Riviera Group of Companies, which owns amongst others, the Double tree by Hilton, Goa
Nilesh Cabral is the current chairman of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation. Being a member of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of the State of Goa, he has been actively involved in social and cultural activities.
Yatin G Kakodkar
Mr. Kakodkar is a commerce graduate from Sydenham College, Mumbai and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He is the co-owner and full time Director of Apex Packing Products Pvt Ltd, a business he co-founded. He is the past chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Goa Council (2003-04) and is President and a Life Trustee at The International Centre Goa. He has a keen interest in politics, history and international affairs. He was born and lives in Goa.
Mr. Suraj Morajkar
Mr. Suraj Morajkar, owner of Sol de Goa, a luxury boutique hotel situated in the heart of Nerul, Goa that has featured in Conde Nast Travellers ‘Hot List Hotels’ 2011 in Asia and most recently as one of the ‘Stunning Boutique Hotels’ in 2015. He is also the Managing Director of Soham Leisure Ventures Pvt. Ltd. which is developing a 5 star resort in Candolim. He has earned a name and goodwill for himself through his contemporary works, distinguished style and good business acumen. He is proud to be a young Goan who has been a service provider to his niche clientele.